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The Challenges of the First Century

Eric M. Orlin

in Foreign Cults in Rome: Creating a Roman Empire

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199731558
eISBN:
9780199866342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731558.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 7 examines the struggles of the Late Republic, when fundamental questions about Roman identity were at stake: who among the inhabitants of Rome was a “true” Roman and, more important, who ... More


Public Land in the Roman Republic: A Social and Economic History of Ager Publicus in Italy, 396-89 BC

Saskia T. Roselaar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199577231
eISBN:
9780191723414
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577231.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book discusses the history of Roman state‐owned land from the early expansion of Rome into Italy to the Social War. Rome usually took land from its defeated enemies, which it then declared to be ... More


Macaulay on Cicero

T. P. Wiseman

in Remembering the Roman People: Essays on Late-Republican Politics and Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239764
eISBN:
9780191716836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239764.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

So much of our detailed knowledge of late-republican politics comes from Cicero that there is a constant danger of being over-influenced by Cicero's own political views. In order to counter that, ... More


Roman Patchwork Families: Surrogate Parenting, Socialization, and the Shaping of Tradition

Ann-Cathrin Harders

in Children, Memory, and Family Identity in Roman Culture

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199582570
eISBN:
9780191595271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582570.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In Republican Rome, it was a father's task to instruct his son and turn him into a worthy representative of his family. However, social reality did not confirm the picture of an exclusive ... More


The Two-Headed State: How Romans Explained Civil War

T. P. Wiseman

in Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389579
eISBN:
9780199866496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines explanations of civil war in authors contemporary (or nearly so) with Rome's civil wars in the first century bc, Varro and the more familiar Cicero and Sallust being the ... More


Lawmaking in Times of Disorder

OF Robinson

in Judge and Jurist: Essays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199677344
eISBN:
9780191758379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.003.0021
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal Profession and Ethics

This chapter examines the legislative process at three successive half-centuries, from the Gracchi (i.e., from the lex Sempronia agrarian of 133 bc) to Sulla; from Sulla (i.e., from the lex Valeria ... More


Plutarch’s Lives and Their Roman Readers

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows that in his Parallel Lives Plutarch addressed elite Roman readers, those who held leadership roles, as well as leading Greeks. Glosses to Latin words and explanations of Roman ... More


The Deaths of King and Kindred (Agis 16.6–17.5, 17.9–18.3; 19.5–21.1)

G. O. Hutchinson

in Plutarch's Rhythmic Prose

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198821717
eISBN:
9780191860928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198821717.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

A catastrophe in Hellenistic Sparta is portrayed in rhythmic passages that contrast with each other. The comparisons involved in and between both are intricate, within a particularly complex ... More


The Revolt, the Fire, and the Ship of Death

Patrick Kragelund

in Roman Historical Drama: The Octavia In Antiquity and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198718291
eISBN:
9780191787614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718291.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Four closely interlocked scenes conclude the play. The Palace Chorus’s praise of Poppaea’s deadly beauty is interrupted by the message of the people’s damnatio of Poppaea’s statues. Nero’s soliloquy ... More


The Gracchi and the Failure of Collective Generosity

Neil Coffee

in Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190496432
eISBN:
9780190496456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496432.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers the socioeconomic dynamics of the crisis precipitated by the brothers Gracchi in the middle of the second century BCE, which led to their murders by the aristocracy. Among the ... More


The Textual Mother: Seneca’s Consolatio ad Helviam Matrem

Mairéad McAuley

in Reproducing Rome: Motherhood in Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, and Statius

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199659364
eISBN:
9780191808968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659364.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter sets Seneca’s philosophical consolation to his mother Helvia in the context of an influential discourse of feminine virtue in the early Empire, examining how Seneca associates his mother ... More


The Death and Taxes of the Gracchi

James Tan

in Power and Public Finance at Rome, 264-49 BCE

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190639570
eISBN:
9780190639600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190639570.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Brothers Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus offered a range of reforms that do not appear on the surface to have been dangerous enough to justify their deaths. This chapter argues that they provoked such ... More


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