By John Nicols
The Roman Empire could be thoroughly defined as a consortium of towns (and no longer as set of proto nationwide states). From the overdue Republic and into the Principate, the Roman elite controlled the empire via insititutional and private ties to the groups of the Empire. in particular within the Latin West the emperors inspired the adoption of the Latin language and concrete facilities, and have been beneficiant within the award of citizenship. This method, and ‘Romanization’ is a cheap label, used to be facilitated via civic patronage. The literary proof presents a foundation for realizing this alteration from topic to citizen and for developing a better allegiance to the belief of Rome. We achieve a extra whole knowing of the method via contemplating the criminal and monumental/epigraphical facts that guided and inspired such benefaction and trade. This ebook makes use of all 3 different types of proof to supply a deeper figuring out of ways patrocinium publicum served as a proper automobile for securing the goodwill of the voters and topics of Rome.
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The important point here is not so much that the vocabulary of patronage can often be relegated to the category of prophasis, but that we need to understand that the vocabulary was in fact a part of the political calculation of both patrons and clients and certainly affected behavior. 7. Central Issues and Questions The discussion of civic patronage revolves then around the following questions. How did civic patronage function in the Late Republic? How was it altered by Augustus? How did it evolve in the Principate?
Rom. 4: it was a matter of pride not only to preserve hereditary patronages, but to acquire new ones. 6 On the close connection between patronus and paterfamilias in early Roman tradition, Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 2, 10; Plut. Rom. 13. Caesar’s conquest cannot be construed as the cause of this change. F. ) A. Wallace-Hadrill, Patronage in Ancient Society, op. , 189–193, with bibliography. Also Brunt, Clientela, 329. 8 Note the parallel case of Valerius Asiaticus: He could be considered a danger to Claudius because of his extensive Gallic connections, Tac.
28 chapter two the number of clients one had, an assumption that, however unrealistic in practice, permeates the literature of the civil wars. Romans also participated in these relations. Caesar regularly employed as legates individuals in his army who had already established hospitium with the Gallic and German opponents. Hence, Marcus Mettius is sent to negotiate with his hospes, Ariovistus (1, 47). Cicero comments that his brother, Quintus, was the hospes of Divitiacus, a Gaul and druid (de div.