Administration of Rome

Administration in each of the Emperors reigns (sources)

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Res Gestae:
- "did not decline at a time of the greatest scarcity of grain, the charge of
grain supply"
- "Freed the entire people at my own expense"
- "I furnished from my own purse... tickets for grain and money"
- "controlled will of the senate"
- "desired the public welfare rather than popularity"
- lived up to promises to the people
- regulated grain- prevent famine or over selling
- wasn't flexible with punishment
- distributed roles and power ­ "ask his freedmen and slaves" if they had
any questions about the financial state of Rome
- accepted care and over sight of public business
- restored to the senate the weaker provinces
- half the provinces under the Senate half under the Emperor
- makes it seem like the senate have power -but he actually has an
advantage were the Senate to try move against him
Grains and famine
Effect of Imperial Power
The role of the Emperor
extinguished flames of civil war
stabs a supposed eavesdropper `spy' on the spot because he was taking
suspected a man to have a sword under his robes so had him tortured
then executed
The Senates role
something they can have an input in
continuity from the republic to imperial Rome
Buildings are a display of the emperors
the emperors can easily get involved especially if they are wealthy ­
personal wealth is important
Building help with administration- administration building Aqueducts
and public baths and toilets
Administration was more about the Emperors personal gain than looking out for
everyone ­ didn't cater as well for poorer people

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"frugal and close" (SUET)
2 instances of generosity to the public
offered to lend 100 sesterces for 3 years (no interest)
paid for losses of the fire on the Caelian mount
rarely allowed veteran soldiers their discharge
"he utterly neglected the conduct of state affairs"
"maintaining the ancient dignity and powers of the senate and the magistrates;
for there was no matter of public or private business so small or so great that he
did not lay it out before the senators"
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"reluctant to render a decision to those who presented cases"
"did not discuss any matter with all his advisers in a body, but had each of them
give his opinion in written form; these he read silently and in private and then
gave a verdict according to his own inclination"
"would not admit the sons of freedmen to the senate and he refused office to
those who had been admitted by his predecessors"
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Essay Structures:
To what extent did the emperors give the senate and individual
senators an effective role in the administration of the city of Rome?
Could be done by emperor with a complete analysis of change and
continuity of what roles they were given
Paragraph 1: Positions of the senate
Paragraph 2: Individual senators
Paragraph 3: Tasks set
Paragraph 1: Practical administration (daily life of roman people)
Paragraph 2: Entertainment and public life of the Emperor
Paragraph 3: Law and order (role…read more


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