A Chronology of the Roman Empire by Timothy Venning

By Timothy Venning

By way of its measurement, this quantity is clearly meant for libraries the place it'd be a helpful addition to any selection of works at the Empire... it truly is definitely good researched and good written... If one have been simply allowed one reference textual content on Rome's background, then it is going to must be this one.

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They were marked on inscriptions and coins as TRIB POT (or just TP) I, II, III etc. A similar system existed 7 INTRODUCTION in Egypt, where the emperor was regarded as a pharaoh, and where there was a strong tradition of dating by regnal years, in this case by the Egyptian calendar year. 17 Also, with the emergence of an imperial family there was more interest in their activities. So the ‘Arval Brotherhood’ (Fratres Arvales), priests of an ancient state cult for the Dea Dia, came to take a particular interest in the well-being of the imperial family and recorded their comings and goings in their records, the ‘Arval Acta’.

17 Also, with the emergence of an imperial family there was more interest in their activities. So the ‘Arval Brotherhood’ (Fratres Arvales), priests of an ancient state cult for the Dea Dia, came to take a particular interest in the well-being of the imperial family and recorded their comings and goings in their records, the ‘Arval Acta’. 18 Fresh interest in chronology came from growing numbers of Christians. These felt a need to connect Christianity to its Old Testament roots and to synchronize these with Greek and Roman dating, thereby demonstrating that the new religion had a pedigree as good as the old.

It is noticeable that the seven names mentioned in Festus’ account of the archaic festival of the Septimontium are not the later seven hills of tradition – the Capitoline, Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Quirinal, Viminal and Esquiline – but include the two divisions of the Palatine and the three of the Esquiline. This discrepancy may accurately name the ‘original’ seven, from a time of several distinct villages on the Palatine and Esquiline which later merged. The Quirinal is known from 28 E I G H T H C E N T U RY B C archaeology to have been settled early but is not in the list, so perhaps it and the also-excluded Viminal were not in the original ‘city’.

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