A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome by Andrew Zissos

By Andrew Zissos

A significant other to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome offers a scientific and finished exam of the political, monetary, 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 monetary, social, and cultural forces interacted to create quite a few social worlds inside of a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a chain of appendices that offer specified chronological and demographic details and an in depth thesaurus of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra largely and inclusively than ever sooner than incorporating insurance of usually missed teams, similar to ladies and non-Romans in the Empire

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More than merely encyclopedic, Pliny’s literary project is driven by moral and ideological impulses that place it in the context of the Flavian restoration following the instability of the late 60s. 1). Worthy of passing mention is Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus), who was appointed by Vespasian to the new chair of rhetoric in Rome, and who later enjoyed close relations with Domitian. His Institutio Oratoria, a teaching manual running to 12 books, offers fulsome testimony for the central position of rhetoric and the teaching thereof in Flavian Rome as it systematically constructs and elaborates upon the Catonian ideal of the vir bonus dicendi peritus (“the good man skilled in speaking,” Inst.

One potential objection to accepting the validity of a “Flavian Age” arises from the short timespan involved. ” Both characterizations seem to cast doubt on the value of devoting much critical attention to the category of the “Flavian” as such. And indeed, one might reasonably question to what degree a new age could define itself in the span of little more than a quarter of a century, given the conservatism inherent in the political and administrative mechanisms as well as the processes of cultural production in the early Principate.

Unlike Tiberius, whose goal was a reclusive life on the island of Capri, Domitian took the political “center”, which is to say the imperial court, with him. Sometimes the court convened at his Alban villa; on numerous occasions it accompanied him to the fringes of empire as he campaigned in various far‐flung theaters of war. This pattern anticipates the itinerant emperor Hadrian, who spent years at a time away from Rome, and who preferred to dwell in his villa at Tivoli when in Italy. ” References Bury, J.

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