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Roman history and the ideological vacuum

T. P. Wiseman

in Classics in Progress: Essays on Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263235
eISBN:
9780191734328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

For the twentieth century, the political history of Athens was essentially ideological, involving great issues of freedom and tyranny, while that of the Roman Republic was merely a struggle for ... More


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

T. P. Wiseman

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239764
eISBN:
9780191716836
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239764.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book consists of ten linked studies of the political culture of the late Roman republic, all based on the premise that most recent scholarship has been over-influenced by the ideology of the ... More


Looking at Caesar

Andrew Bell

in Spectacular Power in the Greek and Roman City

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199242344
eISBN:
9780191714092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242344.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter shows that Julius Caesar, in gesturing to impress, reveals the fluidity of assumptions governing political life in Rome. His complex styles of self-definition correlate with the mixed ... More


Pontifex Maximus

Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer (eds)

in Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619368
eISBN:
9780748670734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The démarche that led to the surprise capture of the office of pontifex maximus (high priest) in 63 bc was one of Caesar's most successful. Thanks to his efforts, the pontificate had again become an ... More


Rome's Rise to Dominance, 366–300 b.c.

Gary Forsythe

in A Critical History of Early Rome: From Prehistory to the First Punic War

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520226517
eISBN:
9780520940291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520226517.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter is parallel to Livy Books VII–IX. The Romans' defeat of Tibur and their military operations in the vicinity of Privernum prompted the confederation of the Samnite tribes to conclude a ... More


Cicero's Role Models: The Political Strategy of a Newcomer

Henriette van der Blom

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199582938
eISBN:
9780191723124
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582938.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book is about Cicero's rhetorical and political strategy as a newcomer in Roman republican politics. It argues that Cicero advertised himself as follower of chosen models of behaviour from the ... More


Ruin and Reality

James A. Palmer

in The Virtues of Economy: Governance, Power, and Piety in Late Medieval Rome

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501742378
eISBN:
9781501742385
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501742378.003.0002
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter discusses the structures and developments that paved the way for the transformation of the city of Rome in the late medieval period. It examines the Roman commune's political history, a ... More


The Political Market

Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer (eds)

in Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619368
eISBN:
9780748670734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Rome has a long history of electoral corruption. To a great moralist like Sallust the problem of political corruption was a fundamental feature of Roman political life and took pride of place in his ... More


‘Amicitia’

Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer (eds)

in Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619368
eISBN:
9780748670734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The functioning of Roman public life depended on amicitia. The fulcrum of the political groups, amicitia also humanised and strengthened relations between representatives of different alignments. ... More


The Rise of a Party Leader

Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer (eds)

in Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619368
eISBN:
9780748670734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Caesar became a senator in 68 bc, finally asserting himself as a leader. From this point he formulated his own policies and commanded attention in ‘high’ politics. Throughout this ‘march’ — in which ... More


The Virtues of Economy: Governance, Power, and Piety in Late Medieval Rome

James A. Palmer

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501742378
eISBN:
9781501742385
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501742378.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

The humanist perception of fourteenth-century Rome as a slumbering ruin awaiting the Renaissance and the return of papal power has cast a long shadow on the historiography of the city. Challenging ... More


Spanish Rome, 1500-1700

Thomas James Dandelet

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300089561
eISBN:
9780300133776
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300089561.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Rome was an aged but still vigorous power while Spain was a rising giant on track toward becoming the world's most powerful and first truly global empire. ... More


Power, Morality, and Political Change in Fourteenth-Century Rome

James A. Palmer

in The Virtues of Economy: Governance, Power, and Piety in Late Medieval Rome

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501742378
eISBN:
9781501742385
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501742378.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter explores the second major challenge facing Rome's ruling elite: the transformation of the ruling group itself. It looks at the two visions of Rome that defined the city's early ... More


Caesar's Body: How to Turn Victory into Defeat

Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer (eds)

in Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619368
eISBN:
9780748670734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0041
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The conspirators lost everything in the moment when they left the body of the dictator unattended and abandoned the idea of getting rid of it by throwing it into the Tiber. The Caesarians begin to ... More


Poetic Politics, Political Poetics

Kristina Milnor

in Graffiti and the Literary Landscape in Roman Pompeii

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199684618
eISBN:
9780191765049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684618.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Pompeian programmata (election notices) sometimes use literary forms to support the aspirations of the candidate. This is striking because graffiti poetry is overwhelmingly represented in our ... More


Introduction

Alex Schulman

in Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748682416
eISBN:
9781474406383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682416.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book asserts that William Shakespeare's plays and poems possess elements of politics and political philosophy, or, more specifically, the rise of modern secular nationalism. Such a phrase can be ... More


The Vestal Virgins in Roman Politics

Meghan J. DiLuzio

in A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169576
eISBN:
9781400883035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter explores the relationship between individual Vestals and their families. Vestals were legally isolated from their birth families and set apart from the traditional structures of Roman ... More


Marital Household

Nathanael Andrade

in Zenobia: Shooting Star of Palmyra

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190638818
eISBN:
9780190638849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190638818.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Zenobia’s marriage to Odainath, the Palmyrene dynast, had a huge impact on her life. Her rise to power would thereafter be closely linked to his political fortunes. This chapter examines the ... More


Rome and Arpinum

Ronald Syme

in Approaching the Roman Revolution: Papers on Republican History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198767060
eISBN:
9780191821257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767060.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This paper provides a brief overview of the ties between the elite of Arpinum and Rome. The links between the Marii, the Gratidii, and the Tullii are explored, and the integration of some municipal ... More


I Said, He Said: Fragments of Informal Conversations and the Grey Zones of Public Speech in the Late Roman Republic

Cristina Rosillo-López

in Reading Republican Oratory: Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198788201
eISBN:
9780191830167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198788201.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter analyses Republican fragments of informal conversations. Elite informal conversations (frequently defined as sermo by the sources) were an everyday event in politics. Informal exchanges ... More


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