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date: 19 April 2024

administration, Roman provincial 

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Daniëlle SlootjesDaniëlle Slootjes

The administrative system by which Roman *emperors ruled their provincial territories was a key feature of Roman government. The period of Late Antiquity brought several structural changes to the system of provincial government which were aimed at an increased level of control by the imperial government. Various problems in the 3rd century had exposed vulnerabilities within the functioning of the Empire that called for an evaluation and reform of the administrative system. This reorganization ended up stabilizing Roman administration in such a way that it remained in place until the 6th century. Late Roman provincial administration is considered here in three aspects: its structure, its level of continuity, and the provincial perspective on Roman administration.... ...

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