During the transition from Republic to Empire, the Roman aristocracy tailored conventional values to accommodate the creation of the monarchy. Freed Slaves and Roman Imperial Culture (PDF) examines the methods by which members of the elite appropriated methods from freed slaves to barter their relationship to the princeps and to redefine measures of particular person progress. Primarily by way of the medium of inscribed burial monuments, Roman freedmen entered a broader dialog about energy, advantage, honor, reminiscence, and the nature of the human life course. Through this course of, former slaves exerted a profound affect on the transformation of aristocratic values at a important second in Roman historical past.
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