Promotion and Patronage in Equestrian Careers

  title={Promotion and Patronage in Equestrian Careers},
  author={Richard P. Saller},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={44 - 63}
  • R. Saller
  • Published 1 November 1980
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
In general histories of the Principate a prominent place is often given to the growth of bureaucracy, characterized especially by the equestrian procuratorial service. Along with a growth in size, it is said, came the development of an organization regulated by guidelines—the ‘formation of the rigid framework of a civil service, one that was to a certain extent more and more impersonal’. Thus, with regard to promotion, ‘the procurator's career had a precise promotion ladder, on which the scale… 

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