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The Caesonii in the third century A.D.: The impact of crises on senatorial status and power

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It is undeniable that the third century was a period full of critical situations. This chapter shows that there were several elite Roman families which were able to maintain or even develop their position within the chaos and transformations of the third century. It uses the example "Caesonii" to illustrate the position of such a central elite family throughout the third century. The chapter discusses the careers of several generations of this family. It deals with the role of the Caesonii and other central elite families in the administration of the third century. This leads to some remarks concerning imperial appointment policy towards the traditional senatorial elite in the third century and the impact of crises on their status and power. The careers of three generations of the family of the Caesonii coincide with Roman imperial history stretching from the reign of Marcus Aurelius to the reign of Diocletian.

Keywords: Caesonii; Diocletian; elite Roman families; imperial appointment policy; Marcus Aurelius; Roman imperial history; third century; traditional senatorial elite



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