A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome by Andrew Zissos

By Andrew Zissos

A significant other to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome presents a scientific and accomplished exam of the political, financial, social, and cultural nuances of the Flavian Age (69–96 CE).

  • Includes contributions from over dozen Classical experiences students prepared into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how monetary, social, and cultural forces interacted to create a number of social worlds inside of a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a chain of appendices that offer precise chronological and demographic info and an in depth thesaurus of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra greatly and inclusively than ever earlier than incorporating insurance of frequently ignored teams, reminiscent of ladies and non-Romans in the Empire

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38), and thereby round out the already crowded gallery of “mad” emperors. From authors writing after the Antonine period, we have accounts that are less valuable for being both more remote in time from the Flavian Age and less detailed in their treatment. Cassius Dio might have been a partial exception: he discussed the Flavian dynasty in Books 67 and 68 of his Roman History, but this part of the Greek historian’s magnum opus has been lost, and we must settle for anthologies and abstracts from the Byzantine period (Constantinian excerpta from the tenth century, some entries in the Suda, and, most importantly, the abridgments of Xiphilin and Zonaras).

AJP 83: 130–46. Lana, Italo. 1980. Scienza Politica Cultura a Roma sotto i Flavi. Turin: Giappichelli. Leddy, J. F. 1953. Tradition and Change in Quintilian. Phoenix 7: 47–56. Levick, Barbara M. 1999. Vespasian. London and New York: Routledge. Mason, Steve. 2005. ” In Josephus and Jewish History in Flavian Rome and Beyond, edited by Joseph Sievers and Gaia Lambi, 71–100. Leiden: Brill. Millar, Fergus. 1977. The Emperor in the Roman World (31 bc – ad 337). London: Duckworth. Nicols, John. 1978.

As Lana (1980, 56) well observes, Quintilian theorized classicism, with its well‐defined rules and its unreachable models. The cultural project of ordering knowledge (of imposing order upon knowledge), broadly characteristic of the imperial Roman period, is particularly in evidence in the Flavian Age, as emblematized by Pliny’s Naturalis Historia and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria. Pliny, who like Quintilian was working under the imperial aegis, defines his task as not so much the discovery of new facts as the sifting through earlier writers and settling their points of disagreement (mihi si non inveniendi nova, at certe iudicandi de veteribus iniungere laborem, Inst.

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