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Holders of Extraordinary imperium under Augustus and Tiberius
A Study into the Beginnings of the Principate

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ISBN 9780367725334
July 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume focuses on special military and diplomatic missions in various provinces of the Empire that Augustus and Tiberius entrusted in to selected members of the domus Augusta, granting them special prerogatives (imperia extraordinaria).

Sawiński compares and analyzes various primary and secondary sources exploring special powers and missions in the provinces of the domus Augusta during the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius from 27 BC to AD 23 - from border regions on the Rhine and the Danube, to client states such as Judaea and Armenia. It explores the legal aspects of these powers wielded in the provinces, and how these missions and the subsequent honours helped to solidify power within a new hereditary system of power. The reader will also find in it a critical discussion of the current state of research on this subject.

Holders of Extraordinary imperium under Augustus and Tiberius offers an important study of these powers and prerogatives of the imperial family which will be of interest to anyone working on the Augustan age, the early Empire and Principate, and the Roman imperial family. This volume should also prove useful to students of archaeology and art history.

Table of Contents

List of figures and maps

List of tables




1. The legal foundations of the power held by members of the domus Augusta within the provinces

1.1. Terminological remarks

1.2. Extraordinary commands during the Republic

1.3. The nature and scope of the imperia held by members of the domus Augusta

1.3.1. The nature of Augustus’ imperium

1.3.2. M. Agrippa

1.3.3. Drusus the Elder

1.3.4. Tiberius

1.3.5. Gaius Caesar

1.3.6. Germanicus

1.3.7. Drusus the Younger

1.4. The procedure of conferring imperium on members of the imperial family

1.5. The nature of the imperia of provincial governors

1.5.1. The imperial provinces

1.5.2. The provinces of the Roman people

1.6. The legal standing of members of the reigning dynasty and the position of provincial governors

1.7. The imperia of members of the domus Augusta and the emperor’s imperium

1.8. The extralegal aspects of the special position of members of the imperial family in the provinces

2. Missions of members of the domus Augusta in the western provinces of the Roman Empire

2.1. Spain

2.2. Gaul

2.3. Germania

2.3.1. The campaigns of Drusus the Elder (10–9 BC)

2.3.2. Tiberius’ campaigns

2.3.3. Germanicus’ efforts on the Rhine (AD 14–16)

2.4. The Danubian areas (Pannonia, Dalmatia, and Dacia)

2.4.1. Agrippa’s Pannonian campaign (13 / 12 BC)

2.4.2. Tiberius’ campaigns in Pannonia (11–9 BC)

2.4.3. The uprising in Pannonia and Dalmatia suppressed by Tiberius (AD 6–9)

2.4.4. Tiberius’ mission in Illyria (AD 14)

2.4.5. The mission of Drusus the Younger in Illyricum (AD 17–20)

3. The missions of members of the domus Augusta in the East

3.1. Agrippa’s first mission (23–22 BC)

3.2. Agrippa’s second mission (17 / 16–13 BC)

3.3. Gaius Caesar’s expedition (2 / 1 BC–AD 4)

3.4. Germanicus’ mission (AD 17–19)

4. Honours accorded members of the domus Augusta

4.1. Imperatorial acclamations

4.2. Triumphs and ovations

4.3. Triumphal and honorific arches


Appendix I: The imperia of members of the domus Augusta

Appendix II: Missions by members of the imperial family in the provinces

Appendix III: The imperatorial acclamations of members of the domus Augusta

Appendix IV: Triumphs and ovations of members of the domus Augusta



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Paweł Sawiński is Associate Professor at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, Poland. His scholarly books and articles deal with various aspects of the history of ancient Rome. He is the author of, among other books, The Succession of Imperial Power under the Julio-Claudian Dynasty (30 BC–AD 68), published in 2018.