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State Correspondence in the Ancient WorldFrom New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire$
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Karen Radner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.001.0001

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State Correspondence in the Roman Empire

State Correspondence in the Roman Empire

Imperial Communication from Augustus to Justinian

(p.172) Chapter 7 State Correspondence in the Roman Empire
State Correspondence in the Ancient World

Simon Corcoran

Oxford University Press

Correspondence was a vital feature of the Roman Empire’s government. The emperor’s letters could become a potent tool of interest to more than just their original recipients or addressees, and many of them therefore came to enjoy a long and varied afterlife, especially in the form of Roman law codices in which most of the available sources survive. This chapter analyzes these streams of tradition as well as the basic mechanisms of Roman state communication.

Keywords:   State cohesion, State communication, Long-distance communication, Messenger, Envoy, Roman Empire, Cursus publicus, Latin, Greek, Roman law

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