By Danielle Slootjes

This booklet provides new insights into the dynamics of the connection among governors and provincial matters within the Later Roman Empire, with a spotlight at the provincial viewpoint. according to literary, criminal, epigraphic and creative fabrics the writer bargains with questions reminiscent of how provincials communicated their must governors, how they expressed either their favorable and significant critiques of governors' habit, and the way they rewarded 'good' governors. Provincial expectancies, a continuing discussion, interdependence, reciprocity, and ceremonial regimen play key roles during this research that not just ends up in a greater realizing of overdue Roman provincial management, but in addition of the winning functioning of an empire as huge as that of Rome.

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Jones (1964), 37–76, for an explanation of Diocletian’s re-organization of the provinces. 48 Roueché (1998a), 35. Most likely members of the provincial elite served as governors as well, because a larger number of governors was needed. 49 Liebeschuetz (1987), 466. 41 of 610, ut nulli patriae suae administratio sine speciali permissu principis permittatur. Mhde‹w AÈgoustãliow μ ényÊpatow μ bikãriow μ kÒmhw ÉAnatol∞w efiw tØn ofike¤an §parx¤an gin°syv, fidik∞w §p‹ toÊtƒ xhreÊvn keleÊsevw. No man was allowed to become governor of his province of his birth.

Even though the focus in the first chapter is on governors, their titles and rank, legal position and obligations, their significance is also put in the larger context of Roman administration, to which the last part of the chapter is devoted. Governors were part of a hierarchical system of officials, in which they were at the bottom of the pyramid, whereas Vicars and Praetorian Prefects 44 Robert (1948). 14 introduction ranked above them with ultimately the emperor at the top. In addition, governors encountered bishops as well, who increasingly competed with them for the favor of the provincial community at large.

Defensores were appointed from the group of ex-provincial governors, former agentes in rebus, retired palatine civil servants, and retired barristers. The emperor Valentinian insisted that ex-officials of Praetorian Prefects, Vicars and governors should not become defensores, and decurions likewise. 3 of 409. See Jones (1964), 479–80. In the Codex Theodosianus there are no specific indications of what ‘minor’ cases were, but under Justinian a value expressed in coins was connected to them. 3). See the study by Frakes (2001) on the defensor civitatis for a discussion of the office and the different stages of its development.

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