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Imperial Inquisitions

Prosecutors and Informants from Tiberius to Domitian

Imperial Inquisitions by Steven H. Rutledge
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Delatores (political informants) and accusatores (malicious prosecutors) were a major part of life in imperial Rome. Contemporary sources depict them as cruel and heartless mercenaries, who bore the main responsibility for institutionalising and enforcing the 'tyranny' of the infamous rulers of the early empire, such as Nero, Caligula and Domitian. Stephen Rutledge's study examines the evidence to ask if this is a fair portrayal.
Beginning with a detailed examination of the social and political status of known informants and prosecutors, he goes on to investigate their activities - as well as the rewards they could expect. The main areas covered are:
* checking government corruption and enforcing certain classes of legislation
* blocking opposition and resistance to the emperor in the Senate
* acting as a partisan player in factional strife in the imperial family
* protecting the emperor against conspiracy.
The book includes a comprehensive guide to every known political informant under the early empire, with their name, all the relevant primary and secondary sources, and an individual biography.
Taylor and Francis; January 2002
433 pages; ISBN 9781134560592
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Title: Imperial Inquisitions
Author: Steven H. Rutledge
 
ISBNs
0203186087
9780203186084
9780415237000
9781134560578
9781134560592