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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Sulla, the Elites and the Empire: A Study of Roman Policies in Italy and the Greek East. The book talks about Sulla and his contribution to the making of the Roman hegemony in the Mediterranean world. It intends to approach Sulla's contribution to the making of the Roman empire from three different points of view, which may complement each other in many ways: the evolution of political and social relations, the administration of the empire, and the religious aspects of the imperial ideology. The book assesses the importance of Sulla at each of these levels. Like all empires, the Roman empire is by definition many-fold, even labyrinthine. The book is an attempt to make sense of it in a specific phase of its development, by taking the remarkable contribution of an individual as a starting point.

Keywords: administration; Greek East; imperial ideology; Italy; Mediterranean world; political relations; religious aspects; Roman empire



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