The Creation of <i>Consensus</i>

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:
The Creation of Consensus

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This chapter examines the process of creating consensus in the Roman Empire. It investigates three social dramas that implicitly or explicitly invoked and expressed the consensus of the provincials and suggest that Rome invoked and sought consensus through means more disparate than communicative actions. It analyzes the use of acclamations to express consensus and the slow trend toward recording and publicizing acclamations and argues that each of these rather different political rituals strongly suggests that the Roman government could achieve consensus, as it defined that concept, only by developing and exploiting sophisticated mechanisms for the distribution of information.

Keywords: consensus; Roman Empire; social dramas; communicative actions; acclamations; political rituals; distribution of information

Chapter.  14763 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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