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A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome



A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome

Andrew Zissos (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33600-9 March 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 624 Pages


A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome provides a systematic and comprehensive examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural nuances of the Flavian Age (69–96 CE).

  • Includes contributions from over two dozen Classical Studies scholars organized into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how economic, social, and cultural forces interacted to create a variety of social worlds within a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a series of appendices that provide detailed chronological and demographic information and an extensive glossary of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age more broadly and inclusively than ever before incorporating coverage of often neglected groups, such as women and non-Romans within the Empire

List of Illustrations viii

Notes on Contributors xi

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xvi

Introduction 1
Andrew Zissos

Part I Preliminary 15

1 Sources and Evidence 17
Frédéric Hurlet

Part II Dynasty 41

2 The Remarkable Rise of the Flavians 43
Frederik Juliaan Vervaet

3 The Emperor Vespasian 60
John Nicols

4 The Emperor Titus 76
Charles Leslie Murison

5 The Emperor Domitian 92
Alessandro Galimberti

6 Imperial Image]Making 109
Steven L. Tuck

7 Public Images of the Flavian Dynasty: Sculpture and Coinage 129
Susan Wood

8 Remaking Rome 148
Andrew B. Gallia

9 The Flavians and the Senate 166
Loránd Dészpa

Part III Empire 187

10 The Economic Impact of Flavian Rule 189
Alessandro Launaro

11 Frontiers, Security, and Military Policy 207
Christopher J. Dart

12 Centers and Peripheries 223
Randall Pogorzelski

13 Flavian Judea 239
Mark A. Brighton

14 Flavian Britain 255
Gil Gambash

Part Iv Societies and Cultures 275

15 Foreigners and Flavians: Prejudices and Engagements 277
Grant Parker

16 Women in Flavian Rome 296
Laura K. Van Abbema

17 Education in the Flavian Age 313
Yun Lee Too

18 Flavian Pompeii: Restoration and Renewal 327
Eleanor Winsor Leach

19 The Aesthetics of the Everyday in Flavian Art and Literature 344
Sarah H. Blake

20 Flavian Spectacle: Paradox and Wonder 361
Helen Lovatt

21 Literary Culture 376
Antony Augoustakis

Part v Literature 393

22 Epic Poetry: Historicizing the Flavian Epics 395
Neil W. Bernstein

23 Epigram and Occasional Poetry: Social Life and Values in Martial’s Epigrams and Statius’ Silvae 412
William J. Dominik

24 Latin Prose Literature: Author and Authority in the Prefaces of Pliny and Quintilian 434
Paul Roche

25 Flavian Greek Literature 450
Adam Kemezis

26 Lost Literature 469
Michael Dewar

Part vi Reception 485

27 The Flavian Legacy 487
Andrew Zissos

28 Vesuvius and Pompeii 515
Andrew Zissos

29 Reception of Flavian Literature 535
Andrew Zissos

Appendix 1 Chronology 560

Appendix 2 Demographic and Other Estimates 565

Appendix 3 Flavian Legionary Dispositions 568

Appendix 4 Lex de Imperio Vespasiani 570

Glossary of Terms and Expressions 573

Index of Passages 591

General Index 594