By Andrew Zissos
A better half 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 reviews students prepared into six thematic sections
- Illustrates how monetary, social, and cultural forces interacted to create quite a few social worlds inside of a composite Roman empire
- Concludes with a chain of appendices that supply distinctive chronological and demographic info and an in depth word list of terms
- Examines the Flavian Age extra commonly and inclusively than ever earlier than incorporating assurance of usually ignored teams, comparable to girls and non-Romans in the Empire
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If, as already noted, all three Flavian emperors contributed to the marginalization of the senate, Domitian went further in intimidating and even terrorizing its members. He refused to recognize a decree, as Titus had before him, denying the emperor the right to condemn a senator to death. He cowed the senate through his resort to the use of delatores (informers), another noteworthy reversal of Titus’ policy. Domitian is repeatedly characterized in the sources as driven by suspicion and fear, which led to viciousness against perceived rivals of any kind.
Another “turn” vis‐à‐vis Nero has to do with the prestige of Greek culture in the imperial milieu. The Flavian Age represents a noteworthy pause in the advance of Hellenism, in the wake of the vigorous Hellenizing tendencies of Nero (Lana 1980, 42). As Adam Kemezis observes (CHAPTER 25, section 2), Nero “tried to redefine the role of emperor in terms of his version of Hellenic excellence,” whereas the Flavian emperors, though not hostile to Greek culture, largely confined themselves to promoting those aspects of it they saw as politically useful.
This denigration served to emphasize by contrast the merits of the new ruling dynasty, and of Nerva and Trajan in particular, presented as the guarantors of a new golden age. Here the crucial question is whether we should follow the prevailing historiographical trend and be wary of these judgments post eventum or, rather afford them a measure of credibility. What is at stake in this debate is nothing less than the merits of attempts to rehabilitate the last Flavian emperor, which began more than a century ago with the work of Stéphane Gsell (1894) and have proliferated in the scholarship of recent decades (Jones 1992; Southern 1997).
A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome by Andrew Zissos