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State correspondence in the Roman Empire: Imperial communication from Augustus to Justinian

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Corcoran


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Correspondence was a vital feature of the Roman Empire’s government. The emperor’s letters could become a potent tool of interest to more than just their original recipients or addressees, and many of them therefore came to enjoy a long and varied afterlife, especially in the form of Roman law codices in which most of the available sources survive. This chapter analyzes these streams of tradition as well as the basic mechanisms of Roman state communication.

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Author(s): Corcoran S

Editor(s): Radner,K;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: State Correspondence in the Ancient World from New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Year: 2014

Pages: 172-209

Print publication date: 27/03/2014

Acceptance date: 01/12/2012

Series Title: Oxford Studies in Early Empires

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place Published: New York


DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.003.0008

Notes: The chapter appears in the volume produced from two collaborative workshops held at UCL (April 2011, July 2012), as part of the project "Mechanisms of Communication in an Ancient Empire: The Correspondence between the King of Assyria and his Magnates in the 8th C. BC".

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ISBN: 9780199354771