Organized Societies: Collegia

Jonathan S. Perry

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Organized Societies: Collegia


This article takes a look at the organized societies, or the collegia, in the Roman Empire. It begins with a section on the study of “social relations” within, and in connection to, the collegia before the 1970s. This is followed by a section on the collegia in the works of Ramsay MacMullen and Géza Alfödy and a discussion of the internal relationships of Roman collegia. The relations of the collegia with their patrons are also studied in this article.

Keywords: collegia; organized societies; Ramsay MacMullen; internal relationships; patrons; Géza Alfödy

Article.  8105 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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