The seventh province of Rome was called Asia. Dr. Julietta Steinhauer, Lecturer, University College London, joins the show to discuss it.
Some topics explored
- Etymology of the word Asia
- What Romans called the province in contemporary times
- The differences between Asia, Asia Minor, and the Anatolian Peninsula
- A King bequeathing the region to Rome and what’s known about why
- The region being provincialized in 129 BCE
- Corruption that occurred
- The province being a wealthy territory relatively speaking, and what contributed to this prosperity
- Conflicts and wars regarding the province
- Mithridatic Wars
- Kingdom of Pontus
- The office of Pro-Consul (Governor) in the province
- Rome’s tolerance and policy around inhabitants in terms of religion and language
- The Imperial Cult
- The number of cities that were in Asia
- A devastating plague that occurred in this period
- The circumstances surrounding the end of the area’s provincialization
Listen to the episode
The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Dr Steinhauer is author of the book Religious Associations in the Post-Classical Polis (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014) and co-editor of the forthcoming book Beneath the Surface: Re-negotiating Gender Agency (Brill, scheduled for release in 2022)
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