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Plebs and Politics in the Late Roman Republic

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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044165

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  • This book deals with popular political participation in republican Rome. It contributes to an ongoing debate about the role of the people in the running of the Roman state, asking whether they had any real say or had been marginalized by the elite. It approaches the issue from a practical perspective, looking at the way political meetings and assemblies functioned and at the crowds that took part. The book thus puts the current discussion about Roman "democracy" on a new footing, and places it in a social context.

    • Provides a practical approach to Roman politics
    • Offers an alternative vision of social conditions in Rome
    • Places politics in social context
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    "This book offers a fresh review of the evidence regarding the voting power of the populus Romanus in legislative and elective assemblies...this book will most benefit those with a backgroud in republican politics...this is an important book and makes a vital contribution to the on-going debate about the nature of politics in late republican Rome...What makes this book especially appealing is that M. touches upon many issues currently under debate by historians while keeping in sight his purpose of determining the extent to which the common people excerised it prerogative to vote." BMCR 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044165
    • length: 172 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.266kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: ideology and practice in Roman politics
    2. The scale of late republican politics
    3. The contio
    4. Legislative assemblies
    5. Elections
    6. Plebs and politics
    Appendix: the 'Lex Licinia de sodalitatibus'

  • Author

    Henrik Mouritsen, King's College London

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