Bread and Circuses: Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Roman Italy

Bread and Circuses: Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Roman Italy

Hardback Routledge Classical Monographs

Edited by Kathryn Lomas, Edited by Tim Cornell

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 182 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 248mm x 17mm | 426g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415146895
  • ISBN 13: 9780415146890
  • Illustrations note: 2 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,284,176

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Cities in the ancient world relied on private generosity to provide many basic amenities, as well as expecting leading citizens to pay for 'bread and circuses' - free food and public entertainment. This collection of essays by leading scholars from the UK and USA explores the important phenomenon of benefaction and public patronage in Roman Italy. Ranging from the late republican period to the later Roman Empire, the contributions cover a wide range of topics, including the impact of benefactions and benefactors on the urban development of Roman Italy, on cultural and economic activity, and on the changing role of games and festivals in Roman society. They also explore the relationship between communities and their benefactors, whether these were local notables, senators, or the emperor himself, and examine how the nature of benefaction changed under the Empire.

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'The strength of the book lies in the chronological sweep of the essays.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction: Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Imperial Italy, Kathryn Lomas, University of Newcastle and Tim Cornell, University of Manchester; 1. The Patron As Banker, Thomas Wiedemann, University of Nottingham; 2. Public building and urban renewal in Early Imperial Italy, Kathryn Lomas; 3. Theatres and amphitheatres in Roman and Italy, Clare Holleran, University of Manchester; 4. Euergetism in its place: Where was the amphitheatre in Augustan Rome? Kathleen M. Coleman, Harvard University; 5. The Emperor and the cities of Italy, John R. Patterson, Magdalen College, Cambridge; 6. Imperial building at Rome: The role of Constantine, David Hunt, University of Durham; 7. Favor Populi: Pagans, Christians and public entertainment in Late Antique Italy, Jill Harries, University of St Andrews; 8. "Restored Utility, Eternal City": Patronal imagery at Rome in the fourth century A.D. Rowland Smith, University of Newcastle