Power and Status in the Roman Empire, AD 193-284

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BRILL, Apr 26, 2011 - Religion - 305 pages
This book deals with changing power and status relations between the highest ranking representatives of Roman imperial power at the central level, in a period when the Empire came under tremendous pressure, AD 193-284. Based on epigraphic, literary and legal materials, the author deals with issues such as the third-century development of emperorship, the shift in power of the senatorial elite and the developing position of senior military officers and other high equestrians. By analyzing the various senior power-holders involved in Roman imperial administration by social rank, this book presents new insights into the diachronic development of imperial administration, appointment policies and socio-political hierarchies between the second and fourth centuries AD.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Setting the Scene
21
Chapter Two The Impact of Crises on the Position of the Senatorial Elite
49
Excursus Prosopography of the Senatorial Elite Families
83
Chapter Three Praetorian Prefects and Other Highranking Equestrians
135
Septimius Severus versus Gallienus
193
Conclusion
247
Appendix One List of Emperors and Usurpers AD 193284
255
Appendix Two Lists of Men Holding Senatorial Elite Positions between AD 193 and 284
257
Appendix Three List of Praefecti Praetorio between AD 193 and 284
263
Bibliography
269
General Index
289
Index of Ancient Persons
297
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About the author (2011)

Inge Mennen, Ph.D. (2010) in History, Radboud University Nijmegen, is currently Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam. She has published on the Severan emperors representation of power, and the role of senators and high equestrians in imperial administration.