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Publication Detail
Redefining the Roman imperial élite in the fourth century AD
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Salway B
  • Publisher:
    Minerwa
  • Publication date:
    2015
  • Place of publication:
    Szczecin
  • Pagination:
    189, 220
  • Series:
    Szczecińskie Studia nad Starożytnością
  • Editors:
    Briks P
  • ISBN-13:
    978-83-64277-50-4
  • Status:
    In preparation
  • Book title:
    Elites in the Ancient World (Szczecińskie Studia nad Starożytnością, vol. II)
  • Series editors:
    Okon D
Abstract
Through an examination of changing patterns in the conferral of the consulship, the senior and eponymous annual magistracy of the Roman state, this paper outlines the process by which the old imperial social order linked to the cursus honorum of the city of Rome was eclipsed by a new hierarchy of offices linked directly to the imperial court. In contrast to previous scholarship, the analysis is not focused on plotting changes in the social composition of the political élite or the advancement of adherents of one religion or another but rather on examining how, in the early fourth century, the priorities determining relative political status within the select group of those awarded the consulship changed. More importantly, it examines the implications of this transformation for our understanding of the structure of the late Roman state.
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