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BSS 7

Urban life and local politics in Roman Bithynia. The small world of Dion Chrysostomos

By Tønnes Becker-Nielsen                                                         
Aarhus University Press 2008
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Most studies of Roman local administration focus on the formal structures of power: provincial laws, imperial edicts, urban institutions and magistracies. This book explores the interplay of formal politics with informal factors such as social prejudice, parochialism and personal rivalries in the cities of northwestern Asia Minor from the first to the fifth centuries AD. Through a detailed analysis of the municipal speeches and career of the philosopher-politician Dion Chrysostomos, we gain new insights into the petty conflicts and lofty ambitions of an ancient provincial small-town politician and those around him.

In this book, the authors assess the present state of research on ancient fishing and discuss its implications for the history of the Black Sea region, especially the period of Greek colonization along its shores. While grain has traditionally been viewed as the main export commodity of the Pontic colonies, the existence of salting-vats on the coast of the Crimea indicate production of salt-fish or fish sauce on a large scale, presumably for export. However, many questions remain unanswered: for instance concerning ownership and organization of the processing facilities, or how the finished product was transported to distant markets.

Table of contents and download of pdf-files

  

1. Introduction (p. 13-20)

 

2. Before the Romans (p. 21-30)

 

3. Windows on the past (p. 31-44)

 

6. The potical class (p. 97-118)