By Andrew Zissos
A better half to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome presents a scientific and entire exam of the political, financial, social, and cultural nuances of the Flavian Age (69–96 CE).
- Includes contributions from over dozen Classical experiences students geared up into six thematic sections
- Illustrates how fiscal, social, and cultural forces interacted to create quite a few social worlds inside a composite Roman empire
- Concludes with a chain of appendices that supply designated chronological and demographic details and an intensive thesaurus of terms
- Examines the Flavian Age extra commonly and inclusively than ever earlier than incorporating assurance of usually missed teams, reminiscent of girls and non-Romans in the Empire
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It would be difficult to deny that there is something of a political and cultural caesura between the second and third Flavian principates – a point that emerges with particular clarity in Loránd Dészpa’s discussion of the relationship between the Flavians and the senate (CHAPTER 9). The principate of Vespasian (69–79) has been characterized as a “success story” (Levick 1999, 1), a modern corroboration of the Tacitean dictum that Vespasian was the only emperor who improved after coming to power (Tac.
The Lex is a document unique in its kind, since we know of no other law of imperial investiture (the full text and translation are provided in APPENDIX 4). It survives in the form of a bronze tablet, now housed in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. This tablet, it should be noted, is the final, and lone extant, member of a series: there were originally one or more preceding tablets that are now lost. The Lex is divided into eight clauses that define the authority of Vespasian in the following areas: rights in affairs of war and peace, including that of concluding treaties without prior authorization (i); powers of the emperor in relation to the senate (ii and iii); the right of commendatio to all elected offices (iv); the right to extend the pomerium (v); power commonly referred to as “discretionary” but probably limited to particular spheres, to take measures deemed appropriate to promote the welfare of the state in sacred and secular matters, as well as in public and private law (vi); exemption from certain laws and plebiscites (vii); retroactive ratification of all acts of the emperor prior to the vote of investiture (viii).
In this dubious conception, Domitian corresponds to Nero within a dynastic progression that ends on a debased note with the violent death of a bad emperor after starting with a “good” one (Vespasian, Augustus). This was a popular conceit with contemporary and subsequent Roman writers (see Ramage 1989, 681), and it has found modern advocates as well. ” Like many such conceptual schemas, this one has a significant distorting effect, inviting us to fit events under Domitian within a predetermined conceptual grid.