The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, Elites and Benefactors in Asia Minor

  title={The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, Elites and Benefactors in Asia Minor},
  author={Andries Zuiderhoek},
In the first two centuries AD, the eastern Roman provinces experienced a proliferation of elite public generosity unmatched in their previous or later history. In this study, Arjan Zuiderhoek attempts to answer the question why this should have been so. Focusing on Roman Asia Minor, he argues that the surge in elite public giving was not caused by the weak economic and financial position of the provincial cities, as has often been maintained, but by social and political developments and… 
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