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Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire

Author: Mary T Boatwright
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2000
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cities throughout the Roman Empire flourished during the reign of Hadrian (A.D. 117-138), a phenomenon that not only strengthened and legitimized Roman dominion over its possessions but also revealed Hadrian as a masterful negotiator of power relationships. In this comprehensive investigation into the vibrant urban life that existed under Hadrian's rule, Mary T. Boatwright focuses on the emperor's direct  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary T Boatwright
ISBN: 9780691187211 0691187215
OCLC Number: 1076417308
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Illustrations and Tables --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
CHAPTER 1. Roman Cities and Roman Power: The Roman Empire and Hadrian --
CHAPTER 2. The Sources --
CHAPTER 3. Changes of City Status and Their Impact on City Life --
CHAPTER 4. Changes Affecting Cities’ Daily Governance and Economy --
CHAPTER 5. Civic Benefactions with Extramural Effects --
CHAPTER 6. Engineering and Architectural Donations --
CHAPTER 7. Athens, Smyrna, and Italica --
CHAPTER 8. City Foundations, New and Renewed --
CHAPTER 9. Hadrian’S Civic Benefactions and the Roman Empire --
BIBLIOGRAPHY --
Index
Responsibility: Mary T. Boatwright.
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Cities throughout the Roman Empire flourished during the reign of Hadrian (A.D. 117-138), a phenomenon that not only strengthened and legitimized Roman dominion over its possessions but also revealed Hadrian as a masterful negotiator of power relationships. In this comprehensive investigation into the vibrant urban life that existed under Hadrian's rule, Mary T. Boatwright focuses on the emperor's direct interactions with Rome's cities, exploring the many benefactions for which he was celebrated on coins and in literary works and inscriptions. Although such evidence is often as imprecise as it is laudatory, its collective analysis, undertaken for the first time together with all other related material, reveals that over 130 cities received at least one benefaction directly from Hadrian. The benefactions, mediated by members of the empire's municipal elite, touched all aspects of urban life; they included imperial patronage of temples and hero tombs, engineering projects, promotion of athletic and cultural competitions, settlement of boundary disputes, and remission of taxes. Even as he manifested imperial benevolence, Hadrian reaffirmed the self-sufficiency and traditions of cities from Spain to Syria, the major exception being his harsh treatment of Jerusalem, which sparked the Third Jewish Revolt. Overall, the assembled evidence points to Hadrian's recognition of imperial munificence to cities as essential to the peace and prosperity of the empire. Boatwright's treatment of Hadrian and Rome's cities is unique in that it encompasses events throughout the empire, drawing insights from archaeology and art history as well as literature, economy, and religion.

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