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Historiography at the End of the RepublicProvincial Perspectives on Roman Rule$
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Liv Mariah Yarrow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.001.0001

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The Power of the Intellectual: Leading Thinkers, Thinking Leaders

The Power of the Intellectual: Leading Thinkers, Thinking Leaders

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(p.18) 1 The Power of the Intellectual: Leading Thinkers, Thinking Leaders
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Historiography at the End of the Republic
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Liv Mariah Yarrow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.003.0002

The essential question of this chapter is the limitations on and sources of power available to the provincial intellectual. The type of power in question here is twofold, the ability to control one's own circumstances and the ability to control those of others. After a preliminary discussion of the nature of intellectual activity and its relationship to elite culture in the ancient world, the discussion will be divided into two overarching sections. The first explores constraints on an intellectual's ability to determine his own destiny, that is to say his lack of freedom to choose his geographical location, political allegiances, and the effects of restricted personal liberty through enslavement and manumission. The second section lays out those situations in which intellectuals achieved authority and influence over others, namely through association with political dynasts and by taking up magisterial roles within their local communities. The chapter concludes with two case studies, focusing on the career paths of Theophanes of Mytilene and Nicolaus of Damascus.

Keywords:   power, culture, intellectuals, Theophanes of Mytilene, Nicolaus of Damascus

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