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'Bread and Circuses': Euergetism and municipal patronage in Roman Italy / Edition 1

'Bread and Circuses': Euergetism and municipal patronage in Roman Italy / Edition 1


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Cities in the ancient world relied on private generosity to provide many basic amenities, as well as expecting leading citizens to pay for 'bread and circuses' - free food and public entertainment. This collection of essays by leading scholars from the UK and USA explores the important phenomenon of benefaction and public patronage in Roman Italy.
Ranging from the late republican period to the later Roman Empire, the contributions cover a wide range of topics, including the impact of benefactions and benefactors on the urban development of Roman Italy, on cultural and economic activity, and on the changing role of games and festivals in Roman society. They also explore the relationship between communities and their benefactors, whether these were local notables, senators, or the emperor himself, and examine how the nature of benefaction changed under the Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415146890
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Series: Routledge Classical Monographs
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributorsvii
List of abbreviationsxi
Introduction: patronage and benefaction in ancient Italy1
1The patron as banker12
2Public building, urban renewal and euergetism in early Imperial Italy28
3The development of public entertainment venues in Rome and Italy46
4Euergetism in its place: where was the amphitheatre in Augustan Rome?61
5The emperor and the cities of Italy89
6Imperial building at Rome: the role of Constantine105
7Favor populi: pagans, Christians and public entertainment in late Antique Italy125
8'Restored utility, eternal city': patronal imagery at Rome in the fourth century AD142

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