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By David S. Potter

ISBN-10: 0631226443

ISBN-13: 9780631226444

A significant other to the Roman Empire presents readers with a advisor either to Roman imperial background and to the sector of Roman reports, taking account of the latest discoveries.

  • This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial historical past and the sector of Roman studies
  • Shows that Roman imperial historical past is a compelling and colourful subject
  • Includes major new contributions to varied parts of Roman imperial history

  • Covers the social, highbrow, financial and cultural background of the Roman Empire

  • Contains an intensive bibliography

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In repayment for the favor, this friend appears to have asked Pliny to see if he could speed up his son’s promotion to the rank of military tribune, enabling him to aspire to a senatorial career. Pliny writes to Trajan that he is not alone in supporting this young man, that the man’s commanders when he was prefect of a cavalry cohort thought he was a good officer (Ep. 87). In another case, Pliny asks Trajan to grant the privileges accorded the father of three children to Suetonius Tranquillus, the future biographer of the Caesars (for the technical aspects of this request see Evans Grubbs, this volume).

2). Severus’ judgment was felt to have been unfair. In another case, however, Severus’ judgment plainly conformed to the general opinion. Severus had passed over a man named Anicius Faustus when he was eligible to become governor of Asia. Dio says that Macrinus offered a terrible affront to Julius Asper when he appointed Faustus in Asper’s place. Asper had been twice consul and previously governed the province of Africa. Since two emperors had judged him worthy of the highest offices, and his peers agreed that he deserved them, Macrinus had no business demoting him.

In a sense Namier’s book is closer in style to yet another book that Namier had not read (though Mu¨nzer and Syme did), Matthias Gelzer’s Die Nobilita¨t des ro¨mischen Republik of 1912, a masterful study of the structures of family power and aristocratic interaction in both the public and private spheres. It was Syme’s genius that enabled him to join contemporary German scholarship with English traditions of narrative historiography, and it was his profound interest in the literary quality of narrative that set his work apart from that of Mu¨nzer, and, indeed, of Gelzer, whose later books on major figures of the late republic seem rarely to unite the conclusions of Die Nobilita¨t with his own narratives.

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