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A detailed study of the membership composition of the collegia centonariorum in various places may serve as test cases against the generalized impression. This chapter provides a glimpse into the workforce composition of the textile sector of the Roman economy. Many scholars have provided general descriptions of the social composition of the Roman collegia. The collegiati's capacity to contribute, at times, to civic activities or building projects also helps us measure their financial standings. Some scholars are convinced that collegium membership appealed particularly to freedmen. The chapter also looks at the percentage of freedmen among the known collegiati. It also analyzes the membership lists in the hopes of identifying regional peculiarities in the composition of the collegia centonariorum, as well as the role of kinship or other forms of close relationships, both within the collegium and between the collegium members and the local elites.

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; freedmen; membership composition; Roman collegia; textile economy



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