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Security in Roman times : Rome, Italy and the emperors

Author: Cecilia Ricci
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using literary, epigraphic, numismatic and iconographic sources this book investigates the safety devices that were in place for the protection of the emperor and the city of Rome in the imperial age. In the aftermath of the civil wars Augustus continued to provide for his physical safety in the same way as in the old Republic while, at the same time, overturning the taboo of armed men in the city. During the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Security in Roman Times.
Taylor & Francis 2017
(OCoLC)975371615
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Cecilia Ricci
ISBN: 9781317058021 131705802X 9781315608105 1315608103
OCLC Number: 1018462012
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 300 pages)
Contents: Studies on military forces and public order in Rome and Italy from republic to principate: points of view --
Between Pax, Disciplina, and Securitas: moving the focus --
The security of Rome and the security of the emperor: the slow development of a discourse and its transformation into a communicative instrument --
The security of the Princeps in Rome: military escorts and bodyguards --
The security of the urban area and its inhabitants: civilian, paramilitary and military personnel --
A topography of security and dangerous places: with an episode --
The urban soldiers and the city --
Praesidia Urbis et Italiae: Grumentum and its territory: a case study --
Praetoria and praetorians: the emperor's travels and security (Latium Vetus) --
Emperors on the move: security in the Campanian cities and in the Albanum Domitiani (first century AD).
Responsibility: Cecilia Ricci.

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Using literary, epigraphic, numismatic and iconographic sources this book investigates the safety devices that were in place for the protection of the emperor and the city of Rome in the imperial age. In the aftermath of the civil wars Augustus continued to provide for his physical safety in the same way as in the old Republic while, at the same time, overturning the taboo of armed men in the city. During the Augustan age, the division of the city into 14 regions and 265 vici was designed to establish control over the urban space. Augustus' successors consolidated his policy but the specific roles of the various military or paramilitary forces remain a matter for debate. Drawing on the testimony of ancient authors such as Tacitus and Suetonius and on material evidence, the volume examines both the circumstances in which these forces intervened and the strategies that they adopted. It also examines the pre-Augustan, Augustan and post-Augustan sense of 'securitas', both as a philosophical and a political concept. The final section expands the focus from the city of Rome to the Italian peninsula where the security of the emperor as he travelled to his country residences required advance planning and implementation.

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