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Enduring Arguments: Priestly Expertise in the Early Principate

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Federico Santangelo



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.

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One of the key aspects of the Augustan settlement, and more generally of the early Principate, was the firm control of the princeps over public religion, including the main priestly colleges. This paper sets out to consider several related problems: what place-if any-did the expertise that priests deployed in the performance of their duties have in that period? How did emperors engage with it? What impact did it have on the workings of the Senate? How can these issues shed light on the interplay between politics and religion at a time of profound historical change?

Publication metadata

Author(s): Santangelo F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transactions of the American Philological Association

Year: 2016

Volume: 146

Issue: 2

Pages: 349-376

Print publication date: 01/09/2016

Acceptance date: 22/11/2015

Date deposited: 29/12/2016

ISSN (print): 0360-5949

ISSN (electronic): 1533-0699

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press