Chapter 9. Information and Political Power

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Claire Sotinel Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch9

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Sotinel, C. (2009) Information and Political Power, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of History, Université Paris XII Val de Marne, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • information and political power;
  • information and politics in the Roman World;
  • Late Antiquity - reinforced political control of communication and serious improvement in circulation of news;
  • permanent search for political control;
  • political fragmentation in West and consequences for patterns of political information;
  • information and public opinion;
  • political crisis and problems of communication


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Information and Politics in the Roman World

  • An Increasing Need for Circulation of News

  • A Permanent Search for Political Control

  • Information and Public Opinion

  • Information and the Political Fragmentation of the Empire

  • Bibliographical Note