Abstract

Given that in any Roman aristocratic household during the Republic elements of the future imperial court can be found, what were the key features that enabled the latter to emerge and grow? Drawing upon Elias' analysis of court societies, this chapter maintains that the transition depends upon extraordinary religious charisma, access to renewable sources of immense wealth, and the development of integrative structures linking provincial and Roman supporters in a hierarchy dependent upon an individual rather than tenure of office.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3168
Print ISSN
0002-9475
Pages
pp. 59-80
Launched on MUSE
2011-04-06
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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