Princes and political cultures : the new Tiberian senatorial decrees /
Greg Rowe.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2002.
195 p. ; 24 cm.
0472112309 (acid-free paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2002.
0472112309 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-188) and index.
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Rowe (Swiss National Science Foundation, Neuchatel) investigates the establishment of a uniform Roman imperial ideology by looking at the political culture of various "constituencies": the Senate, the Equestrian Order, the urban plebs, an Italian city, a Greek city, and the army. In doing so, he makes an important contribution to the study of the nature of early imperial politics. Rowe begins with a discussion of honorific decrees and honors for members of the imperial household, such as Germanicus and Drusus, and of the senatorial decree against Gnaeus Piso the elder, all of which sought to present a uniform image of the ruling house. He then shows how this image affected each element of society, and how, in distinctive ways, each of them contributed to consensus on imperial ideology. So, for example, the Senate expressed loyalty in honorific decrees; the Equestrian Order informally through vocal expressions at theatre performances; the plebs in legislative comitia, in the theatre, or in mob action; and the army in informal gatherings (contiones). Well organized and clearly presented, and with most Latin texts translated, this book will appeal to readers from advanced undergraduate students to specialists. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. I. Curtis University of Georgia
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Senatep. 41
The Equestrian Orderp. 67
The Urban Plebsp. 85
Pisae and Other Citizen Communitiesp. 102
Mytilene and Other Greek Citiesp. 124
The Armyp. 154
Conclusion: One Political Culture, One Ideologyp. 173
Memento of the Princes' Personal Statusesp. 177
Works Citedp. 181
Indexp. 189
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