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"Roman Names and Roman Citizenship in Egypt"

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Prentice Lecture


November 21, 2019

Speaker & Affiliation

Roger Bagnall, New York University


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne


When Caracalla in 212 gave Roman citizenship to the inhabitants of the

empire who were not already citizens, he took the final step in a long

process of the granting of citizenship, a process difficult to follow in

part because of uncertainty over how far the use of Roman names reflects

citizenship. The papyrological evidence from Egypt provides a unique

opportunity to look at these questions, especially offering a chance to

look at how non-imperial names came to be used. The results offer

several surprises.