By Andrew Zissos

A better half to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome offers 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 equipped into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how fiscal, social, and cultural forces interacted to create numerous social worlds inside of a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a sequence of appendices that supply unique chronological and demographic info and an intensive word list of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra largely and inclusively than ever sooner than incorporating insurance of usually ignored teams, comparable to ladies and non-Romans in the Empire

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Praise of the princeps and his family in poetry of the Flavian period should not, however, be regarded as naive panegyric. On the question of imperial representation, poetic production has given rise to widely contrasting assessments. It has been regarded both as a court literature in which one cannot expect even the slightest criticism of those in power, and as a subversive literature that expresses criticism in encrypted form. Such monolithic views are to be rejected in favor of more nuanced conceptions permitting us to see even encomiastic poetry as the product of a complex dialogue that casts the poet neither as a mere instrument of “propaganda” nor as an opponent of the imperial regime.

Through contrast, whether explicit or implied, with the early Antonine emperors, they give expression to the idea that contemporary Rome – and its senatorial class in particular – was experiencing a new golden age after the excesses of Domitian’s principate (Ramage 1989). Various modern attempts to rehabilitate Domitian have led to critical assessments of the testimony of these authors as offering the perspective of an aristocracy – senatorial and equestrian – that was mistreated in the later years of Domitian’s reign.

In this respect it is unsurprising that Pliny, in the preface, chose to dedicate his Natural History to the emperor’s “co‐regent” and designated successor, Titus, considered both as the first reader and the present and future bearer of a power without which the composition of such an opus could never be achieved or even conceived. More than merely encyclopedic, Pliny’s literary project is driven by moral and ideological impulses that place it in the context of the Flavian restoration following the instability of the late 60s.

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