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Aristocrats, Imperial Institutions, and the Topography of Power

Carlos Machado

in Urban Space and Aristocratic Power in Late Antique Rome

Published in print October 2019 | ISBN: 9780198835073
Published online November 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191872839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198835073.003.0002
Aristocrats, Imperial Institutions, and the Topography of Power

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This chapter analyses the ways in which the series of administrative reforms aimed at increasing imperial control over Rome between the late third and early fourth centuries led to an unprecedented involvement of members of the senatorial aristocracy in the life of the city and its inhabitants. By focusing on two main issues, the creation of the new urban prefecture as main administrative and judicial department in the city and the reorganization of the annona, the imperial service of food distributions, the chapter examines the reconfiguration of the political and administrative map of the city, and how this process consolidated the hold of the local elite over its fellow citizens.

Keywords: Rome; late antiquity; administration; annona; census; urban prefecture; neighbourhoods; patronage

Chapter.  17589 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Classical History ; European History

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