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Diplomacy As Part Of The Administrative Process In The Roman Empire

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Diplomacy involves a direct personal contact between two persons or parties, while an administrative process is regarded as an impersonal procedure in which decisions are made on record and where personal contact represents no essential element in a decision. In both cases representatives of a community of the city Sabora and the vicus of the Arhillenoi appeared before someone who could in their opinion make administrative decisions: in one case the emperor, in the other, the proconsul. Administrative questions of substance had to be wrapped in the ceremonial garb of diplomacy. With the shrinking of the internal strength of cities and the dissipation of the ambition of the prominent families on the one hand and the increasing hierarchicalization and bureaucratization of the Roman administration on the other, as becomes increasingly clear in the third century, embassies of the cities also became increasingly rare.

Keywords: administrative process; Arhillenoi; diplomacy; Roman administration; Sabora

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