Roman Patrons of Greek Cities

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

byClaude Eilers

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Patronage has long been an important topic of interest to ancient historians. It remains unclear what patronage entailed, however, and how it worked. Is it a universal phenomenon embracing all, or most, relationships between unequals? Or is it an especially Roman practice? In previousdiscussions of patronage, one crucial body of evidence has been under-exploited: inscriptions from the Greek East that borrow the Latin term 'patron' and use it to honour their Roman officials. The fact that the Greeks borrow the term patron suggests that there was something uniquely Roman about thepatron-client relationship. Moreover, this epigraphic evidence implies that patronage was not only a part of Rome's history, but had a history of its own. The rise and fall of city patrons in the Greek East is linked to the fundamental changes that took place during the fall of the Republic and thetransition to the Principate. Senatorial patrons appear in the Greek inscriptions of the Roman province of Asia towards the end of the second century BC and are widely attested in the region and elsewhere for the following century. In the early principate, however, they become less common and soonmore or less disappear. Eilers's discursive treatment of the origins, nature, and decline of this type of patronage, and its place in Roman practice as a whole, is supplemented by a reference catalogue of Roman patrons of Greek communities.

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Patronage has long been an important topic of interest to ancient historians. It remains unclear what patronage entailed, however, and how it worked. Is it a universal phenomenon embracing all, or most, relationships between unequals? Or is it an especially Roman practice? In previousdiscussions of patronage, one crucial body of ev...

Claude Eilers is Associate Professor of Classics at McMaster University, Ontario
Format:HardcoverPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199248486

ISBN - 13:9780199248483

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Becoming a Client2. Patronage by Conquest3. The Inheritance of Patronage4. What City Patrons Did5. The Appearance of Patrons in the Greek East6. Patronage of Cities in the Late Republic: Incidence and Effectiveness7. The Decline of PatronageConclusions and ImplicationsAppendices1. Patrons of Cities of the Greek East2. Catalogue Index3. Patrons of Eastern Coloniae4. Patrons of Greek Cities in the High Empire5. The City Clients of Caesar, Augustus, and the Imperial Family6. Senatorial Patrons of Cities in the Latin-speaking Provinces

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`...a throough but highly readable treatment of the subject of Roman patronage of Greek cities.'Arjan Zuiderhoek