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date: 16 October 2019

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This chapter outlines how critical inscriptions are for our understanding of the functioning of the administrative structures of Roman government. The author discusses the best methodology for using epigraphic texts to reconstruct Roman administration, showing how even short texts can provide critical pieces of evidence, especially during the imperial period. Knowing how to use arguments from silence is shown to be a crucial element in the modern study of Roman government .

Keywords: inscriptions, Roman government, bureaucracy, Roman republic, Augustus’ administrative reforms, Principate, senatus consulta, provincial administration, Roman emperor, petitions, decreta, edicta, mandata, epistulae, rescripta, Rome, Italy, Roman provinces

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