Slaves to Rome: Paradigms of Empire in Roman Culture

Slaves to Rome: Paradigms of Empire in Roman Culture

by Myles Lavan


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This study in the language of Roman imperialism provides a provocative new perspective on the Roman imperial project. It highlights the prominence of the language of mastery and slavery in Roman descriptions of the conquest and subjection of the provinces. More broadly, it explores how Roman writers turn to paradigmatic modes of dependency familiar from everyday life - not just slavery but also clientage and childhood - in order to describe their authority over, and responsibilities to, the subject population of the provinces. It traces the relative importance of these different models for the imperial project across almost three centuries of Latin literature, from the middle of the first century BCE to the beginning of the third century CE.

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ISBN-13: 9781107674448
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Myles Lavan is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Romans and allies; 2. Masters of the world; 3. Empire and slavery in Tacitus; 4. Benefactors; 5. Patrons and protectors; 6. Addressing the allies; Afterword.

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