1st Edition

Greek Cities and Roman Governors Placing Power in Imperial Asia Minor

By Garrett Ryan Copyright 2022
    172 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    172 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume uses the travels of Roman governors to explore how authority was defined in and by the public places of Greek cities.

    By demonstrating that the places where imperial officials and local notables met were integral to the strategies by which they communicated with one another, Greek Cities and Roman Governors sheds new light on the significance of civic space in the Roman provinces. It also presents a fresh perspective on the monumental cityscapes of Roman Asia Minor, epicenter of the greatest building boom in classical history.

    Though of special interest to scholars and students of Roman Asia Minor, Greek Cities and Roman Governors offers broad insights into Roman imperialism and the ancient city.


    List of figures

    List of abbreviations


    Chapter 1. The City

    Chapter 2. The Governor

    Chapter 3. Adventus

    Chapter 4. The Assizes

    Chapter 5. A Festival at Ephesus



    I. Monumental Cityscapes in Imperial Greek Rhetoric

    II. Building Greek Places in Italy

    III. Remembering a Governor




    Garrett Ryan earned his PhD in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan and has taught at several universities. He is the author of Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants and runs the public history project toldinstone.com.

    "[E]sta monografía aporta una perspectiva novedosa y estimulante sobre el papel que jugaron los programas arquitectónicos y decorativos públicos de las ciudades de Asia Menor como transmisores de la identidad de sus comunidades e instrumentos de la comunicación política de las élites locales y los representantes del poder imperial." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    [This monograph provides a new and stimulating perspective on the role played by the architectural and decorative public programs of the cities of Asia Minor as transmitters of the identity of their communities and instruments of political communication of local elites and representatives of the imperial power.]