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

By Andrew Zissos

A spouse 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 experiences students geared up into six thematic sections
  • Illustrates how financial, social, and cultural forces interacted to create quite a few social worlds inside of a composite Roman empire
  • Concludes with a chain of appendices that supply certain chronological and demographic info and an intensive thesaurus of terms
  • Examines the Flavian Age extra widely and inclusively than ever ahead of incorporating assurance of frequently ignored teams, similar to girls and non-Romans in the Empire

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The case of the epigrammist Martial is complex. A native of Bilbilis in Spain, he has the peculiarity of having begun his literary career under Titus, having been active principally under Domitian and having retired under Trajan, at which point he returned to his native land. Martial produced an abundant oeuvre that provides, through its sketches of everyday life, valuable information about Rome in the late first century ce, while offering a vision of the Flavian establishment that is often close to the official image.

In epic poetry, there is a striking reaffirmation of Virgil as the supreme and unassailable model, a noteworthy development after the bold generic experimentation of Ovid in the later Augustan period and the radical Neronian epicist Lucan. In prose, Quintilian affirmed Cicero as the ideal, rejecting Introduction 9 the stylistic innovations of intervening writers, Seneca above all. As Lana (1980, 56) well observes, Quintilian theorized classicism, with its well‐defined rules and its unreachable models.

In this respect Tacitus emerges as a historian of imperialism who has perceived only too clearly uncomfortable truths associated with the necessity of provincial integration and consequently developed an ecumenical vision not without criticism of Roman abuses, including a famous speech put in the mouth of the British chieftain Calgacus (Agr. 6 The final author to be taken into account is the poet Juvenal, who wrote a series of 16 satires in the early second century. Of the author’s own life we have little secure information; in the Satires he decries the perceived faults of his time and is thereby led to make reference to the Flavian period during which he lived.

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