The Governor and his Subjects in the Later Roman Empire


This book presents new insights into the dynamics of the relationship between governors and provincial subjects in the Later Roman Empire, with a focus on the provincial perspective. Based on literary, legal, epigraphic and artistic materials the author deals with questions such as how provincials communicated their needs to governors, how they expressed both their favorable and critical opinions of governors’ behavior, and how they rewarded ‘good’ governors. Provincial expectations, a continuous dialogue, interdependence, reciprocity, and ceremonial routine play key roles in this study that not only leads to a better understanding of Late Roman provincial administration, but also of the successful functioning of an empire as large as that of Rome.
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Biographical Note

Daniëlle Slootjes, Ph.D. (2004) in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a post doc researcher at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). She has published articles on Late Roman provincial administration and currently works on a project on local elites in the third century.

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" This is a useful study that brings together with admirable clarity data on a significant aspect of Late Roman imperial administration, which will be an aid to students of late antiquity whose primary interest is not administration. It also advances, through careful discussion of literary and visual sources, our understanding of the social interactions that supported imperial governance." Andrew Gillet in Ancient West & East vol. 11, 2012


All those interested in the history of Late Antiquity, the workings of late roman provincial administration, and the dynamics of the relationship between rulers and subjects in any large empire, as well as classical philologists, art historians, and archaeologists.


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