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date: 21 November 2019

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This chapter discusses the epigraphic evidence for senators and Roman knights (equites Romani), who had vastly more opportunities to be commemorated in an inscription than the rest of the population. It also covers the characteristics of inscriptions as commissioned by and for this elite group in Roman society. The chapter demonstrates how prosopographers use inscriptions to reconstruct the Roman ruling elite, its career patterns and place in society .

Keywords: senators, Roman knights, uterque ordo, senatorial career, equestrian career, inscriptions, honorific inscriptions, prosopography, Roman elite, cursus honorum, Rome, Italy, Roman provinces

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