New PDF release: A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome

By Andrew Zissos

ISBN-10: 1444336002

ISBN-13: 9781444336009

A significant other to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome offers a scientific and entire exam of the political, fiscal, social, and cultural nuances of the Flavian Age (69–96 CE).

  • Includes contributions from over dozen Classical reports students prepared into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how fiscal, social, and cultural forces interacted to create numerous social worlds inside of a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a sequence of appendices that supply designated chronological and demographic info and an intensive word list of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra greatly and inclusively than ever earlier than incorporating assurance of usually ignored teams, similar to ladies and non-Romans in the Empire

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Tit. 1). Titus’ younger brother Domitian, the third and last Flavian emperor (81–96), fostered a more fearful political climate, was assassinated by a palace conspiracy and has suffered a more hostile press – starting with the imposition of damnatio memoriae immediately after his death. In recent years he has been less negatively assessed by a crop of modern scholars who have attempted at least a partial rehabilitation. But no matter how one evaluates the reign of Domitian, it is difficult to deny that it constituted a departure in various respects from those of his father and brother.

Whereas Vespasian and Titus had been censors for a limited term, Domitian assumed the office for life. This, inter alia, afforded him the power to add and remove members of the senate, which he used to control and weaken that body. This had a profound and enduring impact, since his successors, though they did not take the title of censor, quietly retained the censorial powers. If, as already noted, all three Flavian emperors contributed to the marginalization of the senate, Domitian went further in intimidating and even terrorizing its members.

In it the emperors Domitian and Trajan are pointedly contrasted, the latter being praised for having restored the senatorial libertas that had been suppressed by the former – including restrictions on freedom of expression and publication (Agr. 2–3, cf. 6). Tacitus’ primary purpose, of course, is to transmit to posterity the deeds and character of a senator who was close to him personally as well as being a relative by marriage. This task is more difficult, the author laments at the opening of his work, in an age that no longer recognized the merits of individual aristocrats as readily as before (Agr.

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