Flavian Rome: Culture, Image, Text by A. J. Boyle

By A. J. Boyle

The politics, literature and tradition of historical Rome through the Flavian principate (69-96 ce) have lately been the topic of severe research. during this quantity of recent, specifically commissioned reviews, twenty-five students from 5 nations have mixed to supply a serious survey of the interval, which underscores and re-evaluates its foundational significance. lots of the authors are confirmed overseas figures, yet a characteristic of the quantity is the presence of younger, rising students on the innovative of the self-discipline. The stories attend to a variety of issues, together with: the recent political payment, the function of the military, switch and continuity in Rome’s social buildings, cultural fairs, structure, sculpture, faith, coinage, imperial discourse, epistemology and political keep watch over, rhetoric, philosophy, Greek highbrow lifestyles, drama, poetry, patronage, Flavian historians, amphitheatrical Rome. All Greek and Latin textual content is translated. Readership: useful to a large readership, from the undergraduate pupil of Roman civilisation to the professional student.

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4 . 2 - 3 . Sailer (2000) 8 5 9 - 6 1 . Again imperial women were an exception, at least in the Colosseum, where they would have sat with the emperor in the imperial box. 8 8 m INTRODUCTION: READING FLAVIAN 27 ROME 90 from the right to represent third parties in the praetor's court. They were also more likely to be exposed as children, that is, left to die or, more probably, to be enslaved. Ironically, among the lower classes women seem to have been (relatively) more highly valued, since there they found opportunities to earn status through work, in shopkeeping, for example, textiles, crafts, and, occasionally, trade.

3), Domitian, whose bitterness at being restricted to the dark wings of power was only underscored by numismatic proclamations of the pietas between him and his brother (on sestertii of 80 C E ) . A tendency to personal autocracy had been evident since his incursion on the Roman scene in 6 9 - 7 0 CE, which Tacitus critiques as imperial son playing the role of emperor before his father's arrival (Hist. 2). But at the beginning of his principate he was concerned, like Titus, to empha­ sise Flavian continuides, appointing and advancing men favoured by 48 'generosity' as 'illusory', 'the deliberate result of his own propaganda' (145-6); Cass.

There had to be, and were, clear visual distinctions between them, which occasionally can be observed in surviving artefacts. John Pollini's study of the visual representation of slave-boys focuses on the sexually serving, long-haired, pampered delicati, whose androgynous beauty made them desirable sex-objects and whose masters were sufficiently devoted to them as to commis­ sion expensive portraits. The overdy girlish appearance of the delicati, manifested especially in their feminised hairstyles, draws a cultural line between them and free-born Roman boys.

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