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date: 06 August 2020

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The foundation of the Principate under Augustus coincided with the expansion of Roman epigraphic culture. Given the sheer number of surviving inscriptions, imperial epigraphy provides all sorts of information about the power of the Roman emperor: its nature, its juridical basis, its modes of self-representation, including imperial titulature, and the means whereby the emperor controlled the Empire and communicated with its communities. These texts also provide evidence for the central place that the imperial family occupied in Roman society and the consensus of support that the emperors enjoyed in Rome and throughout the Empire. This chapter analyzes the texts of the imperial period, for instance key inscriptions such as the Res Gestae Divi Augusti.

Keywords: inscriptions, epigraphy, Principate, self-representation, imperial nomenclature, imperial titulature, Res Gestae Divi Augusti, Rome, Italy, Roman provinces

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