The City of Rome

Christer Bruun

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780195336467
Published online January 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The City of Rome

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This chapter shows how epigraphy can enhance our understanding of the city of Rome, which has produced a vast variety of inscriptions that are unparalleled in other cities of the Roman world. It focuses equally on the imperial elite and on the ordinary people of the city, as well as on popular associations and on urban administration. Insights gained from Rome, which has preserved by far the greatest epigraphic patrimony of any place or region in the Roman world, helps us understand Roman society and culture in a wider sense.

Keywords: inscriptions; Rome; Roman topography; senators; ordinary people; onomastics; Greek cognomina; epigraphy; associations; collegia; lead pipes; curse tablets

Article.  10156 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Epigraphy

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