The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, by Arjan Zuiderhoek

By Arjan Zuiderhoek

within the first centuries advert, the japanese Roman provinces skilled a proliferation of elite public generosity unequalled of their earlier or later background. during this examine, Arjan Zuiderhoek makes an attempt to respond to the query why this could were so. concentrating on Roman Asia Minor, he argues that the surge in elite public giving used to be no longer attributable to the vulnerable financial and monetary place of the provincial towns, as has usually been maintained, yet by way of social and political advancements and tensions in the Greek towns created by means of their integration into the Roman imperial process. As disparities of wealth and tool inside imperial polis society endured to widen, the trade of presents for honours among elite and non-elite electorate proved a superb political mechanism for deflecting social tensions clear of open conflicts in the direction of communal celebrations of shared citizenship and the legitimation of strength within the cities.

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