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date: 19 November 2019

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Local elites represented the backbone of the Roman Empire. Our knowledge of them relies overwhelmingly on epigraphic evidence, not least from Pompeii. This chapter analyzes the epigraphic evidence dealing with this sector of the population, which is rarely represented in the literary sources. It focuses on the institutional structures of local municipalities in Italy and the western provinces, above all local magistrates and town councils, the Augustales, and the internal composition of the ruling elites, as attested in inscriptions from Italy and the western provinces .

Keywords: local elites, inscriptions, magistrates, decurions, town councils, municipalities, municipal statutes, elections, electoral programmata, Augustales, benefactions, Rome, Italy, Roman provinces, Canusium, Ostia, Pompeii

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