Michael Peachin

Frontinus and the curae of the curator aquarum

Michael Peachin

Frontinus and the curae of the curator aquarum

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The De aquis of Sextus Julius Frontinus is usually interpreted as either an administrative guide for the curator aquarum, or as a work of praise. It can be demonstrated, however, that Frontinus had another goal in writing. The book is more likely what we would call a political pamphlet, explaining a particular administrative reform, and encouraging those affected by that reform to cooperate with it. Frontinus wants to be sure that all concessions of aqueduct water to private individuals be made as proper grants by the emperor. In short, this curator aquarum is interested in regulating the flow of a particular beneficium, namely, aqueduct water, from the emperor to his elite subjects.

"…this is a fascinating and thought-provoking reading of the De Aquis, which offers new and important insights and makes a real contribution both to Frontinus studies and to the field of Roman administration."

Journal of Roman Studies 96, 2006

"With this monograph Peachin offers a thorough analysis of the De Aquis within the context of Roman administrative practice."

sehepunkte 6, 2006/7+8
Band 39
ISBN 978-3-515-08636-3
Medientyp Buch - Kartoniert
Auflage 1.
Copyrightjahr 2005
Verlag Franz Steiner Verlag
Umfang XII, 197 Seiten
Format 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Sprache Englisch