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Politics and Society in Imperial Rome

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7969-0
176 pages
July 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Politics and Society in Imperial Rome offers fresh new interpretations of the politics, society, and culture Rome's imperial era.
  • Argues that the early principate was fundamentally incompatible with the persisting structures of the Roman Republic
  • Demonstrates how these contradictory systems affected the development of Roman society
  • Includes case studies on the imperial court and the emperor Caligula, as well as chapters on the scholarship of Theodor Mommsen and Christian Meier
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Toward a New Interpretation of Imperial Rome.

Part I: Paradoxical Structures:

2. "State," "Society," and Political Integration.

3. Friendship and Patron–Client Relations.

4. "Public" and "Private".

Part II: Two Cases in Point:

5. A Court without "State." The aula Caesaris.

6. Meaningful Madness. The Emperor Caligula.

Part III: Academic Approaches:

7. Theodor Mommsen’s Theory of "Dyarchia".

8. Christian Meier’s "Crisis without Alternative" in Ancient Rome.

Editorial Note.

Index.

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Author Information

Aloys Winterling is Professor for Ancient History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He was previously Professor of Ancient History at the University of Basel.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Offers a fresh interpretation of the politics, society, and culture of imperial Rome
  • Argues that the early principate was fundamentally incompatible with the persisting structures of the Roman Republic
  • Demonstrates how these contradictory systems affected the development of Roman society
  • Includes case studies on the imperial court and the emperor Caligula, as well as chapters on the scholarship of Theodor Mommsen and Christian Meier
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Reviews

“This is, in a nutshell, the argument of Aloys Winterling in this stimulating collection of essays. Winterling's work is well known to German readers and this volume will hopefully bring the attention of a non?]German audience to it. The articles collected in this volume span the last ten years, and although written on different occasions they show remarkable coherence. The thesis presented above is constantly restated from different points of view. Repetition is inevitable, but this is a minor fault: the author's arguments and methodology are new and sophisticated, and deserve to be well understood.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, May 2010)

"This valuable book offers a fresh examination of the structure of Roman imperial government. By concentrating on the dual aspect of the imperial regime—the one part descending from the institutions of the Republic, the other emerging from the household of the emperors—Winterling frames his issue with admirable clarity."
David Potter, University of Michigan

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