Bread & Circuses: Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Roman Italy

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PREFACE

This volume has been a very long time in the making, having started out life as a collection of papers given at a conference, organised by the editors and held at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London in 1994. It was held as part of the 'Ancient Cities' research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based at University College London, the purpose of which was to document and examine the processes of urbanisation and the nature of urban development in pre-Roman and Roman Italy. The topic of euergetism, benefaction and public patronage is one which is central to our understanding of urban society in the ancient world. These activities had a major influence in shaping civic life, from determining the physical form of the city to influencing many levels of social interaction and behaviour within the city, and mediating relations between communities. The aim of the conference, and of this volume, is to explore these themes in relation to the cities of Roman Italy and to the relationship between these cities and Rome itself. The majority of the chapters reproduced here were offered at the conference, but a significant number of others have been added in order to extend the scope of the volume, and in particular to cover the history of Italy in late Antiquity.

The editors would like to thank the Director and Secretary of the Institute of Classical Studies for their assistance in hosting the conference, the Leverhulme Trust for its generous financial support for the project of which it formed part, and Mr Richard Stoneman and Ms Catherine Bousfield of Routledge for their patience and forbearance during the preparation of the manuscript.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Patron as Banker 12
  • 2 - Public Building, Urban Renewal and Euergetism in Early Imperial Italy 28
  • 3 - The Development of Public Entertainment Venues in Rome and Italy 46
  • 4 - Euergetism in Its Place 61
  • 5 - The Emperor and the Cities of Italy 89
  • 6 - Imperial Building at Rome 105
  • 7 - Favor Populi 125
  • 8 - 'Restored Utility, Eternal City' 142
  • Index 167
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