Civic Patrons and Common Benefactors: The language of honour in Roman Asia during the late Republic

Location Online

Date and time Thursday 28 April 2022
16:00 - 17:30 (London GMT)
19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Bradley Jordan
British Institute at Ankara

Event Summary

This lecture investigates how civic decrees—resolutions taken by the core administrative bodies of Greek-speaking communities, the ‘demos’ (people) and ‘boule’ (council)—operated as part of a dialogue between communities in the province of Asia and the Roman state during the Late Republic. It asks what role these decrees played in negotiating the relationship with the Roman state and its representatives through examining how poleis engaged with individual Romans honorifically, analysing different strategies employed by cities, and interrogating the effectiveness of these attempts in forging ongoing, useful relationships with the elite Romans and the Roman state. Consequently, it explores how the language of these decrees came to define local views of and engagement with the Roman ‘empire’ in Asia.

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Event Speakers

Bradley Jordan

British Institute at Ankara

Dr Bradley Jordan is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the British Institute at Ankara, where he is finalising his first monograph – on Roman administration in the province of Asia during the transition from Republic to Principate – for publication with Oxford University Press. After completing his D.Phil. at Oxford in 2019, he held a postdoctoral position at the Universität zu Köln, where he worked on the relationship between Rome and allied rulers in the eastern Mediterranean during the late Republic, the results of which are in pre-print for Mnemosyne.