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:

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This chapter brings together the different strands that make up the argument of the book. As emperors distanced themselves from the city, reorganizing the administration and the services that regulated life in late antique Rome, Roman aristocrats began to play a growing role in the life of the city, redefining its spaces and institutions. The city became a central element in the social and political strategies of the Roman elite: its spaces and the buildings that gave shape to it, the festivals and ceremonies that animated it, and the hierarchies and instruments of control that defined it were progressively appropriated. These developments took place at a time of dramatic changes in the empire, and late antique Rome was as a result a more provincial and smaller city than in previous centuries. Aristocratic dominance did not prevent the rise of new elements in Roman society, bringing with it the elements that would contribute to the development of a new, Christian Rome, under the leadership of the Church and its bishop.

Keywords: Rome; late antiquity; Roman aristocracy; bishops; church; urban space

Chapter.  3433 words. 

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

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