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

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

by T. P. Wiseman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199239762

ISBN-13: 9780199239764

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In the Roman republic, only the People could pass laws, only the People could elect politicians to office, and the very word republica meant 'the People's business'. So why is it always assumed that the republic was an oligarchy? The main reason is that most of what we know about it we know from Cicero, a great man and a great writer, but also an active right-wing

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In the Roman republic, only the People could pass laws, only the People could elect politicians to office, and the very word republica meant 'the People's business'. So why is it always assumed that the republic was an oligarchy? The main reason is that most of what we know about it we know from Cicero, a great man and a great writer, but also an active right-wing politician who took it for granted that what was good for a small minority of self-styled 'best people' (optimates) was good for the republic as a whole. T. P. Wiseman interprets the last century of the republic on the assumption that the People had a coherent political ideology of its own, and that the optimates, with their belief in justified murder, were responsible for the breakdown of the republic in civil war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199239764
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Roman History and the Ideological Vacuum
2. The Fall and Rise of Gaius Geta
3. Licinius Macer, Juno Moneta and Veiovis
4. Romulus' Rome of Equals
5. Macaulay on Cicero
6. Cicero and Varro
7. Marcopolis
8. The Political Stage
9. The Ethics of Murder
10. After the Ides of March
Epilogue

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