The King Is a Body Politick … for that a Body Politique Never Dieth

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 King Is a Body Politick … for that a Body Politique Never Dieth

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This chapter highlights the importance of the emperor in the imperial governance of the Roman Empire. It examines how the provincials conducted their business via imperial administration through local functionaries and scribes and yet viewed their empire as ruled personally by the unique inhabitant of a charismatic office. It suggests that the provincials who sought to identify themselves as Romans but who acknowledged the differential legal ranks imposed by Rome discovered a unifying tendency in the administrative rituals of Roman government.

Keywords: emperor; imperial governance; Roman Empire; provincials; administrative rituals

Chapter.  34215 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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