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Adrienne Klasa Student #260212271 Nov. 7 th , 2006 Ancient Mediterranean History: Conference Essay #5 Provincial Administration of the Roman Empire In an empire as vast and varied as that of Rome, it would have been impossible for the emperor to micromanage the affairs of all the far-flung provinces from the central government in the capital. To rectify this, he appointed regional governors whose responsibility it was to maintain the interests of the capital in the territory under their jurisdiction. Though governors were officially subservient to the emperor, their decisions were largely made autonomously due to the distance and distractions that lay between the Rome itself and the furthest outreaches of the empire. As long as the provinces behaved cooperatively, provided men for the army and paid tribute to the empire they were largely left to manage themselves, the governor usually only “refer[ring] to…[the emperor] when in doubt” (Pliny, 10.31). Provincial governors had both administrative and military responsibilities.
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