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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199609969

ISBN-13: 9780199609963

Pub. Date: 08/15/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Remembering the Roman People 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 self-styled optimates, as transmitted above all in the letters and speeches of Cicero, and has largely ignored the interests and ideological standpoint of

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Remembering the Roman People 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 self-styled optimates, as transmitted above all in the letters and speeches of Cicero, and has largely ignored the interests and ideological standpoint of the Roman People as a whole. Rejecting the assumption that the republic was always and necessarily an oligarchy, and keeping open the possibility that the People had a strong egalitarian ethos of its own, normally in conflict with that of the optimates, T.P. Wiseman investigates a series of political episodes which have not been satisfactorily explained, and brings out, as a counterweight to Cicero, the hitherto unexploited political character of his near-contemporary Marcus Varro. Among the other themes explored are the attitudes of two lost Roman historians, Licinius Macer and Asinius Pollio; the dramatic nature of Roman satire, consistently ignored by scholars of Latin literature; the inextricable interdependence of performance space and political space in Rome; the extraordinary justification of political murder in Cicero's philosophical dialogues; and the verdicts passed on Cicero and Caesar by a great nineteenth-century historian who was also an orator and an experienced politician.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199609963
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

1 Roman History and the Ideological Vaccum 5

2 The Fall and Rise of Gaius Geta 33

3 Licinius Macer, Juno Moneta, and Veiovis 59

4 Romulus' Rome of Equals 81

5 Macaulay on Cicero 99

6 Cicero and Varro 107

7 Marcopolis 131

8 The Political Stage 153

9 The Ethics of Murder 177

10 After the Ides of March 211

Epilogue 235

Bibliography 239

Chronological Index 255

Index Locorum 258

General Index 264

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