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Collegia, Law, And Utilitas Publica

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The key question for this chapter concerns how official policies influence the collegia centonariorum as a specific type of collegia. This chapter explains that the interaction between collegia and law was not a separate domain or plateau divorced from the other aspects-social or economic-of these collegia. Governmental policies regarding collegia were never rigid or uniform, and the relationship between collegia, law and the public authorities was complex at all levels. Certain types of collegia, including the collegia centonariorum, were promoted by the government as useful structures to serve the public good in a broad sense. The transition from Pax Romana in the Early Empire to more frequent occasions of war operations after Marcus Aurelius' reign may have had an impact on how the authorities wanted to press or take advantage of the utilitas publica of collegia..

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; Marcus Aurelius; Pax Romana; utilitas publica



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