<i>Orbis Terrarum</i> and <i>Orbis Romanus</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:
Orbis Terrarum and Orbis Romanus

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This chapter considers the importance of imperialism to the Roman self-image and to Roman political life. It suggests that the provincials, as early as the reign of Augustus, began to propose their own models for the Roman community, ones in which the distinction between citizens and aliens yielded to that between those within and those outside the empire. It argues that the desire on the part of aliens to identify themselves as Roman reveals again the poverty of citizenship.

Keywords: imperialism; Roman self-image; political life; Augustus; provincials; poverty of citizenship

Chapter.  28527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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