Documents Illustrating the Reigns of Augustus & Tiberius

Documents Illustrating the Reigns of Augustus & Tiberius

Documents Illustrating the Reigns of Augustus & Tiberius

Documents Illustrating the Reigns of Augustus & Tiberius

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We embarked on this work with the idea of reprinting a number of important documents belonging to the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius which have not hitherto been readily accessible. As the work progressed it became evident that its usefulness would be greatly increased if more were included. In times like these, when books are frequently hard to come by, even a reprint of the Res Gestae seemed desirable, especially since during the last two decades its text has undergone some important corrections. Thus we decided to expand our scheme into a fully representative selection of documents, including many already published in well-known collections such as Dessau's Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae. We have strictly adhered to the true conception of documents, most of which are, of course, inscriptions; in addition there are a number of coins, a few papyri, and some documents preserved in literary sources. The Fasti and Calendars, though not printed in the form of the original documents, are based on epigraphical evidence.

We have endeavoured to illustrate all important aspects of the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, and to do so by contemporary evidence only; one document of undoubtedly later date, the lex de imperio Vespasiani, has been included as an appendix. The 'reign' of Augustus has no definite beginning; we generally reckon it from his first consulship (43 b.c.), but a few items belong to the time immediately preceding that year. While we hope that the imperial administration as a whole is adequately illustrated, we thought it better to exclude the peculiar administrative system of Egypt.

Any such selection of documents will inevitably be to some extent arbitrary, and many readers will no doubt deplore the absence of some favourite document. We hope, however, that nothing of outstanding importance has been omitted. A purely chronological order would be both confusing and, since many items cannot be precisely dated, impracticable; we have therefore grouped the documents under rough subject-headings and arranged them under each heading as the case seemed to demand, chronologically, geographically, or according to different persons or types. Many documents would fit equally well into more . . .

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