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Urban Life and Local Politics in Roman Bithynia

The Small World of Dion Chrysostomos

Urban Life and Local Politics in Roman Bithynia
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Most studies of Roman local administration focus on the formal structures of power: provincial laws, imperial edicts, urban institutions and magistracies. This book explores the interplay of formal politics with informal factors such as social prejudice, parochialism and personal rivalries in the cities of northwestern Asia Minior form the first to the fifth centuries AD. Through a detailed analysis of the municipal speeches and career of the philosopher-politician Dion Chrysostomos, we gain new insights into the petty conflicts and lofty ambitions of an ancient provincial small-town politician and those around him.
Aarhus University Press; June 2008
213 pages; ISBN 9788779346727
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