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Rome and the Friendly King: The Character of the Client Kingship

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This is the first major study of the relationship between Rome and the kings of her world. It covers the whole of that world over a period of six centuries from the third century BC. It aims to give a functional definition of what is usually called client kingship - to show what a client king (or friendly king to use the Roman term) was in practice.
Each aspect of this complex and important role is examined. The author traces the making of a king: his exposure to Roman institutions and individuals in his youth, his formal recognition by Rome as a friendly and allied king and his status as a Roman citizen or otherwise. He shows how the king in power related to Rome, the empire and the frontier, and to his subjects. The role of Rome and Romans in royal wills, principally as recipients of bequests, is examined and it is also shown how some kings were assimilated completely into Roman society and became senators in their own right.
In conclusion, David Braund considers the ways in which both sides benefited from the relationship and, in doing so, helps to explain the persistent use of friendly kings and states throughout history to the present day.

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Author(s):
David C. Braund
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1984
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0312692102
ISBN-13:
9780312692100
Number of pages:
226
Publisher:
Palgrave
Title:
Rome and the Friendly King: The Character of the Client Kingship

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This is the first major study of the relationship between Rome and the kings of her world. It covers the whole of that world over a period of six centuries from the third century BC. It aims to give a functional definition of what is usually called client kingship - to show what a client king (or friendly king to use the Roman term) was in practice.
Each aspect of this complex and important role is examined. The author traces the making of a king: his exposure to Roman institutions and individuals in his youth, his formal recognition by Rome as a friendly and allied king and his status as a Roman citizen or otherwise. He shows how the king in power related to Rome, the empire and the frontier, and to his subjects. The role of Rome and Romans in royal wills, principally as recipients of bequests, is examined and it is also shown how some kings were assimilated completely into Roman society and became senators in their own right.
In conclusion, David Braund considers the ways in which both sides benefited from the relationship and, in doing so, helps to explain the persistent use of friendly kings and states throughout history to the present day.

Author(s):
David C. Braund
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1984
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0312692102
ISBN-13:
9780312692100
Number of pages:
226
Publisher:
Palgrave
Title:
Rome and the Friendly King: The Character of the Client Kingship

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