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La vie publique des cités dans l'Occident romain

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Bertrand Goffaux

Première partie. Construction publique et évergétisme

Chapitre IV. Municipal Intervention in the Public Construction of Towns and Cities in Roman Hispaniae*

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For more than twenty years, euergetism has given rise to an impressive number of scholarly texts. Fascinated by a huge mass of inscriptions relating to the generosity of the members of the élite, scholars have undertaken to verify the somewhat iconoclastic intuitions of Paul Veyne and tried to grasp the complexity of the phenomenon in view of the large bulk of the evidence1. One point in particular, which Veyne had noted, deserves attention: that euergetism underlines a quite peculiar feature of ancient societies, the tenuousness of the distinction between public and private spheres2.

This is disconcerting, to say the least, in the case of the Spanish provinces, if we put it in the context of the strict organisation of municipal life that is reflected in the town-charters. It is true that the lex Ursonensis took euergetical practices into consideration when it fixed the minimum sum to be spent de sua pecunia, for the organisation of games, by aediles and duumuiri3. Municipal statutes...

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