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By David S. Potter

A significant other to the Roman Empire presents readers with a advisor either to Roman imperial background and to the sector of Roman reviews, taking account of the newest discoveries.

This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial historical past and the sector of Roman studies.
Shows that Roman imperial heritage is a compelling and colourful subject.
Includes major new contributions to numerous components of Roman imperial history.
Covers the social, highbrow, monetary and cultural heritage of the Roman Empire.
Contains an intensive bibliography.

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Severus had passed over a man named Anicius Faustus when he was eligible to become governor of Asia. Dio says that Macrinus offered a terrible affront to Julius Asper when he appointed Faustus in Asper’s place. Asper had been twice consul and previously governed the province of Africa. Since two emperors had judged him worthy of the highest offices, and his peers agreed that he deserved them, Macrinus had no business demoting him. Furthermore, since he had so fouled up the appointment process, he allowed Faustus a second year to make up for the short term.

1 Ronald Syme and the Study of the Elite Interest in the Roman Empire as a model for other empires goes a long way towards explaining traditional concern with the governing class. In the past century, the most substantial contributions in this area came from the pen of Ronald Syme. His brilliantly erudite studies both of the members of this class, and of the ways in which they described their interests, set a standard against which other work was measured. In 1939 Syme shattered prevailing modes of thought about Roman history that were based upon the constitutional theories of Theodor Mommsen, which had been dominant for the previous half century.

Only then may we gain some understanding of the basic 12 David S. ’’ The experience of gender identity may now be profitably studied through examination of sexuality or the institution of marriage, as Amy Richlin and Judith Evans Grubbs both show. Equally importantly, as Richlin and Evans Grubbs show in their very different ways, there is no single set of attitudes towards sexuality, and there is no single model for married life. Indeed, Richlin’s ‘‘Kinsey’’ report on sexuality in the Roman world is a stunning antidote to many earlier approaches.

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