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Roman Patrons of Greek Cities : Oxford Classical Monographs - Claude Eilers

Roman Patrons of Greek Cities

Oxford Classical Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780199248483
Number Of Pages: 348

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Patronage has long been an important topic of interest to ancient historians. It remains unclear what patronage entailed, however, and how it worked. Is it a universal phenomenon embracing all, or most, relationships between unequals? Or is it an especially Roman practice? In previous discussions of patronage, one crucial body of evidence has been under-exploited: inscriptions from the Greek East that borrow the Latin term 'patron' and use it to honour their Roman officials. The fact that the Greeks borrow the term patron suggests that there was something uniquely Roman about the patron-client relationship. Moreover, this epigraphic evidence implies that patronage was not only a part of Rome's history, but had a history of its own. The rise and fall of city patrons in the Greek East is linked to the fundamental changes that took place during the fall of the Republic and the transition to the Principate. Senatorial patrons appear in the Greek inscriptions of the Roman province of Asia towards the end of the second century BC and are widely attested in the region and elsewhere for the following century. In the early principate, however, they become less common and soon more or less disappear. Eilers's discursive treatment of the origins, nature, and decline of this type of patronage, and its place in Roman practice as a whole, is supplemented by a reference catalogue of Roman patrons of Greek communities.

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Introduction 1: Becoming a Client 2: Patronage by Conquest 3: The Inheritance of Patronage 4: What City Patrons Did 5: The Appearance of Patrons in the Greek East 6: Patronage of Cities in the Late Republic: Incidence and Effectiveness 7: The Decline of Patronage Conclusions and Implications Appendices1: Patrons of Cities of the Greek East 2: Catalogue Index 3: Patrons of Eastern Coloniae 4: Patrons of Greek Cities in the High Empire 5: The City Clients of Caesar, Augustus, and the Imperial Family 6: Senatorial Patrons of Cities in the Latin-speaking Provinces

ISBN: 9780199248483
ISBN-10: 0199248486
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.52