The Roman Empire, especially the Flavian Period

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The Flavian dynasty inaugurated a ‘new age’ in need of legitimation, but could not anchor itself in the recent past.

The Flavian dynasty (Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, 69-96 CE) came to power after the ‘bad’ last emperor (Nero) of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, and a devastating civil war, with rapid succession of would-be emperors in the year 68-69. The new dynasty inaugurated a ‘new age’ in need of legitimation, but could not anchor itself in the recent past. This work package studies the ‘emotional regimes’ of the period in connection with gender, as well as its anchoring efforts both in the literary output of the period and in its building policies.