A Companion to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome (Blackwell by Andrew Zissos

By Andrew Zissos

A better half to the Flavian Age of Imperial Rome offers a scientific and finished exam of the political, financial, social, and cultural nuances of the Flavian Age (69–96 CE).

  • Includes contributions from over dozen Classical stories students equipped into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how fiscal, social, and cultural forces interacted to create a number of social worlds inside a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a chain of appendices that offer distinct chronological and demographic details and an in depth word list of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra widely and inclusively than ever earlier than incorporating insurance of frequently missed teams, corresponding to ladies and non-Romans in the Empire

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1) – but also about the idealizing notions of the nature and exercise of imperial power that circulated in Flavian Rome. Epic poetry was very much in vogue during the Flavian period, as the surviving work of Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and Silius Italicus amply attests. These writers well represent the prevailing literary tastes of the age, and Domitian’s reign in particular, through their reworking of mythological and historical subject matter. The subject matter notwithstanding, their poetry is anything but detached from its contemporary context and, without being overtly subversive, it seems to include criticism of the manner in which power was exercised by the last of the Flavian emperors.

Any “period” or “age,” as an analytical category, can serve only imperfectly as a means of structuring political, cultural, or literary history. Be that as it may, the “period” remains a disciplinary necessity, an indispensable conceptual tool for organizing analysis of political and cultural h­istory. It needs to be acknowledged, though, that the choice of a chronological block has an intrinsic distorting effect: it will ineluctably influence the discussion and interpretation of events. The initial act of periodization is, therefore, something that merits careful consideration.

At the same time, the relative prominence of Judea, and of Jews generally, in the Flavian Age remains a distinctive feature. The Judean revolt had made possible the rise of the Flavians (see CHAPTER 2, section 4), and the successful campaigns of Vespasian and Titus there provided an important underpinning for the dynasty’s perceived legitimacy, while providing the focus of its early image‐making (see CHAPTER 6, section 1 and CHAPTER 8, section 1). For most of the empire’s Jews the war was devastating.

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