<i>Consensus</i> in Theory and Practice

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:
Consensus in Theory and Practice

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This chapter considers evidence on consensus and the culture of loyalty in the Roman Empire. It discusses the exchange of official, authenticated documents that produced an atmosphere in which collectivities throughout the empire competed in their expressions of loyalty. It suggests with the divided loyalty of the Roman subjects that the collectivities had no basis for united action and, instead, competed in expressions of fealty to the prevailing order. It comments on the trial of Gnaeus Piso.

Keywords: loyalty; consensus; Roman Empire; collectivities; united action; Roman subjects; Gnaeus Piso

Chapter.  21940 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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