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'Bread and Circuses'

Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Roman Italy

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'Bread and Circuses'
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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. Much work done on public benefaction in recent years is available only in French or Italian, and this volume is the first to open this research up to an Anglophone audience. The extensive chronological range of the book, and its coverage of Italy rather than the city of Rome alone, make it significant for a broad readership.
Release date NZ
September 19th, 2002
Contributors
Edited by Kathryn Lomas Edited by Tim Cornell
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 tables
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
182
Dimensions
156x234x13
ISBN-13
9780415146890
Product ID
1678885

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