Ideology in the Roman Empire

Clifford Ando

in Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220676
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923720 | DOI:
Ideology in the Roman Empire

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This chapter examines the acceptance of imperial ideology in the Roman Empire. It traces and the origins of provincial obedience and argues that the Roman state successfully invoked the obedience of its subjects by appealing to several principles of legitimation concurrently. It suggests that loyalty to Rome required recognition that the Roman construction of society adequately mapped the collective value commitments of its residents. It also considers the intersection between ancient experience and modern theories of domination and ideology.

Keywords: imperial ideology; Roman Empire; provincial obedience; legitimation; collective value; domination

Chapter.  14529 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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