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Persuasion, Influence, and Power

Fergus Millar

in A Greek Roman Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247031
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941410 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247031.003.0006
Persuasion, Influence, and Power

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The question of where, how, and by whom power was exercised could mean three different things: (1) what were the relevant posts whose holders had a place in the chain of transmission of requests and proposals addressed to the Emperor, and of others coming down from him?; (2) which individuals enjoyed a personal influence?; and (3) what collective bodies played a role in the formation of policy and in the discussion of decision? There were two bodies that existed: (1) the Senate; and (2) the Imperial council or Consistorium. But it remains to be seen whether their influence or policy was nominal. These questions from outside the ranks of officialdom had the authority to direct effective persuasion at the Emperor.

Keywords: Emperor; Senate; power; Imperial council; policy

Chapter.  19067 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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