Jens Gering, Domitian, dominus et deus ? Structures of domination and power in the Roman Empire at the time of the last Flavian ruler, Rahden, 2012.
Éditeur : VML Verlag Marie Leidorf
Collection : Osnabrücker Forschungen zu Altertum und Antike-Rezeption OFAA 15
ISBN : 978-3-89646-736-2
This study analyses the structures of governance and power during the reign of Domitian on the basis of selected aspects and integrates it into the context of the formation of the principate. To this end, Domitian's style of administration is compared to the one of his predecessors and successors. Introduction, source criticism, and history of research are followed by three main chapters. Firstly, the author investigates how Domitian legitimised and represented his reign to the result that he had rather traditional attitudes and used Augustus and Vespasian as particular models. Special importance was assigned to military victories, the legitimation of power, and dynastical family rule, while religious reforms were of minor importance. Secondly, the governmental performance is analysed which reveals that Domitian's policy possessed a clear line, was based on well-proven models and that the Empire was prudently governed. Thirdly, Domitian's relationship to the senate is considered. It becomes clear that the image of a “cruel tyrant” is unsustainable and that Domitian avoided conflicts with the senate. A final appraisal shows that the reign of Domitian was no watershed, but proceeded in predetermined paths.
Source : VML
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