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Familia Caesaris
A Social Study of the Emperor's Freedmen and Slaves

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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521070164

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  • The slave and freed slave classes are of the first importance for any study of the social structure of the Roman world in the first and second centuries AD. Among them the emperor's own slaves and freedmen, the Familia Caesaris, deserve special attention: this was the most important in status and the most mobile socially of all the groups in slave-born classes; it also had the greatest continuity of development and the individuals who comprised it can be identified and dated in sufficient numbers for significant statistical comparisons to be made of their family-relationships and occupations. The primary sources for this study are inscriptions - over four thousand of them - mostly sepulchral, brief, stereotyped and undated. One of Professor Weaver's main achievements has been to establish criteria for dating and interpreting this intractable material so that it can yield the social historian reliable statistical information. He shows how the Familia Caesaris differed from other sections of the slave and freedman classes and how even within it there was a considerable degree of social differentiation.

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521070164
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Nomenclature and Chronology:
    1. Dated inscriptions
    2. Nomina and praenomina
    3. Status indication
    4. Cognomina and agnomina
    Part II. The Family Circle:
    5. Age at manumission
    6. Age at marriage
    7. Status of wives
    8. Status of children
    9. The Senatusconsultum Claudianum and the Familia Caesaris
    10. Women in the Familia Caesaris
    11. The marriage pattern of slaves and freedmen outside the Familia Caesaris
    Part III. The Emperor's Service:
    12. Vicars
    13. Liberti serous and liberti libertus
    14. 'Vicariani'
    15. The occupational hierarchy: some points of method
    16. Sub-clerical grades
    17. Adiutores: junior clerical grades
    18. Intermediate clerical grades
    19. Senior clerical grades
    20. Senior administrative grades: a rationibus, ab epistulis, etc.
    21. Freedman procurators
    22. Imperial freedmen and equestrian status: the father of Claudius Etruscus.

  • Author

    P. R. C. Weaver

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