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A History of the Roman Equestrian Order

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  • Date Published: March 2023
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009376228

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  • In the Roman social hierarchy, the equestrian order stood second only to the senatorial aristocracy in status and prestige. Throughout more than a thousand years of Roman history, equestrians played prominent roles in the Roman government, army, and society as cavalrymen, officers, businessmen, tax collectors, jurors, administrators, and writers. This book offers the first comprehensive history of the equestrian order, covering the period from the eighth century BC to the fifth century AD. It examines how Rome's cavalry became the equestrian order during the Republican period, before analysing how imperial rule transformed the role of equestrians in government. Using literary and documentary evidence, the book demonstrates the vital social function which the equestrian order filled in the Roman world, and how this was shaped by the transformation of the Roman state itself.

    • The first comprehensive study of the Roman equestrian order across its entire history from the eighth century BC to fifth century AD
    • Provides a dynamic account of the social and institutional aspects of the equestrian order in Rome and the provinces
    • Provides a new interpretation of the transformation of the equestrian order during the pivotal period of change from the early to late Roman Empire
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    'What the author has produced is both a major work of a scholarship and a highly readable book. This reviewer found it difficult to put down. The book has much to offer anyone with an interest in Roman history, whether generalist or specialist.' Classics For All

    '… an impressively scholarly but readable study.' Choice

    'Davenport has produced a very impressive work. Although intended primarily for the serious scholar of Roman institutions, those with an interest in Roman military history will find Davenport’s work of considerable value.' A. A. Nofi, StrategyPage (

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2023
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009376228
    • length: 743 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.259kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: charting the history of the equestrian order
    Part I. The Republic:
    1. Riding for Rome
    2. Cicero's equestrian order
    3. Questions of status
    Part II. The Empire:
    4. Pathways to the principate
    5. An imperial order
    6. Cursus and vita (I): officers
    7. Cursus and vita (II): administrators
    Part III. Equestrians on Display:
    8. Ceremonies and consensus
    9. Spectators and performers
    10. Religion and the Res Publica
    Part IV. The Late Empire:
    11. Governors and generals
    12. The last equites Romani

  • Author

    Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Caillan Davenport is a Senior Lecturer in Roman History at Macquarie University, Sydney. He was educated at the University of Queensland and at the University of Oxford. He has been a Junior Fellow of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, a Rome Awardee at the British School at Rome, and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow.

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