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Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire

Clifford Ando and Giday WoldeGabriel


The Roman empire remains unique. Although Rome claimed to rule the world, it did not. Rather, its uniqueness stems from the culture it created and the loyalty it inspired across an area that stretched from the Tyne to the Euphrates. Moreover, the empire created this culture with a bureaucracy smaller than that of a typical late-twentieth-century research university. In approaching this problem, the book does not ask: Why did the Roman empire fall? Rather, it asks, Why did the empire last so long? The book argues that the longevity of the empire rested not on Roman military power but on a gradu ... More

Keywords: Roman bureaucracy, Roman culture, central government, provincial absorption, political discourse, legal discourse, social formation, Max Weber, Jürgen Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520220676
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520220676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clifford Ando, author

Giday WoldeGabriel, editor