By A. J. Boyle

The politics, literature and tradition of historic Rome throughout the Flavian principate (69-96 ce) have lately been the topic of excessive research. during this quantity of latest, particularly commissioned reports, twenty-five students from 5 international locations have mixed to supply a serious survey of the interval, which underscores and re-evaluates its foundational significance. many of the authors are confirmed foreign figures, yet a characteristic of the amount is the presence of younger, rising students on the leading edge of the self-discipline. The stories attend to a variety of themes, together with: the recent political payment, the function of the military, switch and continuity in Rome’s social constructions, cultural fairs, structure, sculpture, faith, coinage, imperial discourse, epistemology and political keep an eye on, rhetoric, philosophy, Greek highbrow lifestyles, drama, poetry, patronage, Flavian historians, amphitheatrical Rome. All Greek and Latin textual content is translated. Readership: invaluable to a large readership, from the undergraduate pupil of Roman civilisation to the expert pupil.

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2 8 1 - 9 1 nos 2 6 1 - 8 0 , 2 9 7 - 3 0 2 , 305. He furthered the Claudian association by commissioning two statues of Claudius' son, his childhood friend, Britannicus: Suet. Tit. 2. See Jones (1984) 122 34 (administration), 1 4 0 - 6 (economy), who judges Titus' 37 38 39 4 0 41 42 4 3 44 12 A. J . BOYLE his own political image. The pre-accession reputation for saeuitia (as commander of the praetorian guard), luxuria and rapacitas ('cruelty', 'decadence', 'greed', Suet. Tit. 1) was pointedly replaced by an image of himself as benevolent, caring father of the Roman people and its empire.

And as the Flavians' triumphal procession in 71 C E demonstrated in its symbolic parade of the prime spoils and iconic properties of a conquered Judaea—the silver trumpets, the table of shew bread, the seven-branched candlestick, the names of cities, rivers, moun­ tains—, Rome's relationship with that world was of conqueror to conquered. Rome's empire was a military hegemony over an immense body of land, inhabited by some sixty million people and consisting of thousands of distinct communities, ethnicities and value-/beliefsystems, ruled through a network of over a thousand towns and cities, in which the conqueror's magistrates attempted to control and administer their own urban populations and those of the coun­ tryside around them.

The reputation did not dissolve: Aur. Vict. Caes. 1 0 . 1 ; Epit. de Caesaribus 10. For an earlier version of Suetonius' famous phrase, see Cic. Phil. 12, where Lucius Antonius is called (ironically) the amoves deliciaeque of the Roman People. , RIC 2 pi. 58. 4:> 4 6 4 7 4 8 INTRODUCTION: READING 13 FLAVIAN ROME his father and brother, deifying the latter, and creating a new priest­ hood of Titiales to join the Flauiales of his divine father. Among other 'displays' of pietas, he built the Arch of Titus at the head of the Roman Forum, completed the Baths of Titus and the Temple of Divus Vespasianus (now renamed the Temple of Vespasian and Titus), further refined the decor of the Colosseum, and erected in the Campus Martius the Porticus Divorum with its shrines of Vespasian and Titus and on the Quirinal a new temple to the Flavian gens.

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