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Patrons And Benefactors

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This chapter explore the following questions: How desirable was the title of collegial patron? To whom was it particularly appealing? What influenced the benefactors and patrons to associate themselves with certain collegia? What were the roles of the collegia in their dealings with the patrons and benefactors? The focus is the collegia centonariorum. Like the associative phenomenon itself, the phenomenon of collegial patronage was multifaceted. Certain types of collegia may have been in more favorable positions in the competition for patrons than others. The majority of the known patrons are those of the collegia fabrum. The Roman collegia were not only integral to the social network, but also contributed to shaping the social relationships in municipal contexts. The network created by patronage was not static, but rather a dynamic set of relationships and interactions characterized by plurality, cooperation, selection, and competition.

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; collegia fabrum; collegial patrons; Municipal decurions; Roman collegia



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