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Public Opinion and Politics in the Late Roman Republic


  • Date Published: October 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316508442

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  • This book investigates the working mechanisms of public opinion in Late Republican Rome as a part of informal politics. It explores the political interaction (and sometimes opposition) between the elite and the people through various means, such as rumours, gossip, political literature, popular verses and graffiti. It also proposes the existence of a public sphere in Late Republican Rome and analyses public opinion in that time as a system of control. By applying the spatial turn to politics, it becomes possible to study sociability and informal meetings where public opinion circulated. What emerges is a wider concept of the political participation of the people, not just restricted to voting or participating in the assemblies.

    • Argues that public opinion existed in the Late Roman Republic and analyses its working mechanisms
    • Explores a wider approach to the political participation of the people
    • Applies the spatial turn to politics in order to locate informal politics in its actual archaeological settings
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316508442
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Public opinion in Rome: definition, models and constraints
    2. Sociability and politics
    3. Rumours, gossips and conversations in Roman political life
    4. Political literature and public opinion (I): defining political literature
    5. Political literature and public opinion (II): genres of political literature
    6. Groups and agents of public opinion
    7. Rhetoric and public opinion: theory and practice
    8. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Cristina Rosillo-López, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
    Cristina Rosillo-López is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville. Her first book, La corruption à la fin de la République romaine: aspects politiques et financiers (2010), studied corruption during the Late Roman Republic, and received the Maestranza Order Research Award 2013. She has also written several articles and book chapters about politics, popular political culture, financial matters and rhetoric in the Late Roman Republic.

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