Political Life in the City of Rome

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Overview

Politicians of the Roman Republic employed techniques ranging from persuasive oratory through extravagant entertainment and bribery to lethal violence to get their way. Rivalries were fought out on the streets of Rome and in the popular assemblies as much as in the Senate House. This book looks at the Roman political system of 200-50 BC: how it worked, the influence of the ordinary Romans, the voter and political persuasion. A central theme is the topography of the city of Rome - how did political rivalries transform the appearance of the city?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853995149
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/24/2000
  • Series: Classical World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Patterson studied at Magdalen college, Oxford and the British School at Rome, where he held a Rome Scholarship. He is now a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi Preface vii
1. Introduction 1
2. Problems of interpretation 4
3. The Roman political system in outline 8
4. Aristocratic competition in the city of Rome 29
5. The practice of politics 53
6. The Empire: the end of politics? 71
Suggestions for Further Study 79
Suggestions for Further Reading 80
Glossary 87
Index 90

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