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Roman Patrons of Greek Communities Before the Title πατρων

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Prominent Roman senators acted as patrons of Greek communities thoughout the 2nd century B.C., long before 'patron' became a regularly used honorary term for Romans in the Greek East around the beginning of the 1st century B.C. This article draws wherever possible on contemporary epigraphical evidence to reconstruct both the services provided by the patron and the reciprocal honors and material aid he and his family might expect in return. It also provides historical and contextual support for the 2nd century date of an Abderan decree (SIG3 656) that famously transliterates the words 'patronus' and 'atrium' in discussing the activities of Teian ambassadors in Rome.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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  • Historia, first published in 1952 by Karl Friedrich Stroheker and Gerold Walser is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. Articles are in English, German, French and Italian. It features original articles on Greek history, the Roman Republic and Empire as well as late antiquity. It covers all aspects of political, economic, religious and social life and deals with legal, archaeological, numismatic and epigraphical questions.
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