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By David S. Potter

A better half to the Roman Empire presents readers with a consultant either to Roman imperial historical past and to the sector of Roman reports, taking account of the latest discoveries.

This significant other brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial background and the sector of Roman studies.
Shows that Roman imperial historical past is a compelling and colourful subject.
Includes major new contributions to varied parts of Roman imperial history.
Covers the social, highbrow, financial and cultural historical past of the Roman Empire.
Contains an intensive bibliography.

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Moses Finley was, like Brunt, a man whose contributions to ancient history range far beyond the Roman imperial period. His intellectual precocity is evident from the fact that he took a degree in psychology at Syracuse University at the age of fifteen (Whittaker 1996: 460). Moving on to Columbia, where he took an MA in public law, he met his future wife, a classicist, and enrolled in the PhD program in ancient history (Whittaker 1996: 461). At the time that he finished his graduate work, Jews were not readily welcomed in the East Coast establishment that dominated American academe in the first part of the century.

The importance of seeing relationships between different groups as existing outside ‘‘the external structures of law and economy,’’ was stressed in a crucial article on the Life of Aesop by Keith Hopkins in 1994 (Hopkins 1994: 27). Hopkins argued that the Life of Aesop, the only work to preserve a slave’s perspective, revealed that ‘‘each master and slave had some freedom of maneuver to act in accord with his or her capacities, opportunities and interests’’ (Hopkins 1994: 27). Hopkins’ observation crystallized thinking about the negotiation of power relationships that had begun to have a significant place in scholarship during the previous decade, as evidenced in a brilliant study of slaves in the Roman family by Richard Saller, of literary patronage by Jasper Griffin, or analyses of political patronage and client choice by Peter Brunt and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Saller 1987; J.

To achieve distinction was no easy thing. Dio makes it plain that a senator needed both to be respected by his peers and to have that respect recognized by the ruler. Their lives were filled with constant testing, and occasionally desperate balancing acts between the interests of class and those of the ruler. To prosecute another senator on a potentially capital charge was a very dangerous thing. It could gain the favor of an emperor who was interested in making sure that his subjects were well ruled, but it could alienate colleagues who realized that the government of a province was fraught with social peril.

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