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Roman senators and equestrians were always vulnerable to prosecution for their official conduct, especially since politically motivated accusations were common. When charged with a crime in Republican Rome, such men had a choice concerning their fate. They could either remain in Rome and face possible conviction and punishment, or go into voluntary exile and avoid legal sentence. For the majority of the Republican period, exile was not a formal legal penalty contained in statutes, although it was the practical outcome of most capital convictions. Despite its importance in the political arena, Roman exile has been a neglected topic in modern scholarship. This 2006 study examines all facets of exile in the Roman Republic: its historical development, technical legal issues, the possibility of restoration, as well as the effects of exile on the lives and families of banished men.Read more
- Explores all aspects of exile during the Roman Republic, especially the historical development of its practices, as well as the realities of exile for those who experienced it
- Includes a prosopography of all Republican-era Roman exiles
- All quotations from Latin and Greek sources are translated into English
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"Gordan Kelly has produced a very fine book that will prove an invaluable resource for researchers on exile and politics in the Roman Republic...Kelly provides some new insights that contribute to the growing discussion..."
Fred K. Drogula, Providence College, New England Classical Journal
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- Date Published: July 2006
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521848602
- length: 274 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Exilium: legal and historical issues
3. The journey into exile: the early Republic to the Social War
4. Exilium from the Social War to the death of Julius Caesar
5. Topics of exile
6. Prosopography of Roman exiles.
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