Empire of Honour: The Art of Government in the Roman World

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Clarendon Press, 1997 - 320 pagine
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J. E. Lendon offers a new interpretation of how the Roman empire worked in the first four centuries AD. A despotism rooted in force and fear enjoyed widespread support among the ruling classes of the provinces on the basis of an aristocratic culture of honour shared by rulers and ruled. The competitive Roman and Greek aristocrats of the empire conceived of their relative standing in terms of public esteem or honour, and conceived of their cities - towards which they felt a warm patriotism - as entities locked in a parallel struggle for primacy in honour over rivals. Emperors and provincial governors exploited these rivalries to gain the indispensable co-operation of local magnates by granting honours to individuals and their cities. Since rulers strove for honour as well, their subjects manipulated them with honours in their turn.
 

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Abbreviations
1
Honour and Influence in the Roman
31
The Emperor
107
Officials
176
The Roman Army
237
Agamemnons Empire
267
References
280
Index
303
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Jon Lendon is at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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