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During the transition from Republic to Empire, the Roman aristocracy adapted traditional values to accommodate the advent of monarchy. Freed Slaves and Roman Imperial Culture examines the ways in which members of the elite appropriated strategies from freed slaves to negotiate their relationship to the princeps and to redefine measures of individual progress. Primarily through the medium of inscribed burial monuments, Roman freedmen entered a broader conversation about power, honor, virtue, memory, and the nature of the human life course. Through this process, former slaves exerted a profound influence on the transformation of aristocratic values at a critical moment in Roman history.Read more
- Examines freed slaves' impact on Roman cultural history
- Identifies new factors in the transformation of elite values under the Principate
- Combines analysis of inscriptions with close readings of literary texts
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- Date Published: June 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107142923
- length: 216 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Freed slaves and the Roman elite
2. Achieving immortality under the Principate
3. Cultural exchange in Roman society
4. Imperial freedmen and imperial power
5. Telling life stories
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