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Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome
Speech, Audience and Decision

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Catherine Steel, Christa Gray, Henriette van der Blom,Alexander Yakobson, Claudia Tiersch, Cristina Rosillo López, Anna Clark, Francisco Pina Polo, Federico Santangelo, Cas Valachova, Kit Morrell, Lindsay Driediger-Murphy, Guido Clemente, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, Roman M. Frolov, Harriet Flower, Evan Jewell, Alexandra Eckert, Martin Stone
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  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429016

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  • This volume brings together a distinguished international group of researchers to explore public speech in Republican Rome in its institutional and ideological contexts. The focus throughout is on the interaction between argument, speaker, delivery and action. The chapters consider how speeches acted alongside other factors - such as the identity of the speaker, his alliances, the deployment of invective against opponents, physical location and appearance of other members of the audience, and non-rhetorical threats or incentives - to affect the beliefs and behaviour of the audience. Together they offer a range of approaches to these issues and bring attention back to the content of public speech in Republican Rome as well as its form and occurrence. The book will be of interest not only to ancient historians, but also to those working on ancient oratory and to historians and political theorists working on public speech.

    • Offers a holistic and detailed picture of the dynamics and conditions behind world-changing events in Roman history
    • Restores a focus on the content of public speech in Republican Rome, as well as its forms and occurrence
    • All ancient languages are translated
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    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429016
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 163 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Catherine Steel, Christa Gray and Henriette van der Blom
    Part I. Modes of Political Communication:
    1. Aristocratic dignity and indignity in republican public life Alexander Yakobson
    2. Political communication in the Late Roman Republic: semantic battles between optimates and populares? Claudia Tiersch
    3. Political participation and the identification of politicians in the Late Roman Republic Cristina Rosillo López
    4. Gods, change and civic space in late republican oratory Anna Clark
    Part II. Political Alliances:
    5. Political alliances and rivalries in contiones in the Late Roman Republic Francisco Pina Polo
    6. Theophanes of Mytilene, Cicero and Pompey's inner circle Federico Santangelo
    7. The garden and the forum: epicurean adherence and political affiliation in the Late Republic Cas Valachova
    8. Cato, Pompey's third consulship, and the politics of Milo's trial Kit Morrell
    Part III. Institutions in Theory and Practice:
    9. Falsifying the auspices in Republican politics Lindsay Driediger-Murphy
    10. When the senators became 'the best' Guido Clemente
    11. Private knowledge and public image in Roman elections: the case of the 'Pro Murena' Ayelet Haimson Lushkov
    12. The 'wrong' meetings? Some notes on the linked usage of the terms coetus and contiones in the political language of the Roman Republic Roman M. Frolov
    13. Servilia's Consilium: rhetoric and politics in a family setting Harriet Flower
    Part IV. Memory and Reputation:
    14. Like father, like son? The dynamics of family exemplarity and ideology in (fragmentary) Republican oratory Evan Jewell
    15. Good fortune and the public good: disputing Sulla's claim to be Felix Alexandra Eckert
    16. Gaius Verres troubleshooter Martin Stone.

  • Editors

    Henriette van der Blom, University of Birmingham
    Henriette van der Blom is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Cicero's Role Models: The Political Strategy of a Newcomer (2010), Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome (ed. with Catherine Steel; 2013), and Oratory and Political Career in the late Roman Republic (Cambridge, 2016). She is a member of the editorial board of the Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators project.

    Christa Gray, University of Reading
    Christa Gray is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading. She is the author of Jerome, Vita Malchi: Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary (2015), and the co-editor, alongside Andrea Balbo, Richard Marshall and Catherine Steel, of Reading Republican Oratory: Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions (forthcoming). She is a member of the editorial board of the Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators project.

    Catherine Steel, University of Glasgow
    Catherine Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow. Her publications include The End of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: Conquest and Crisis (2013) and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero (Cambridge, 2013). She is currently Principal Investigator on The Fragments of Republican Roman Oratory project.

    Contributors

    Catherine Steel, Christa Gray, Henriette van der Blom,Alexander Yakobson, Claudia Tiersch, Cristina Rosillo López, Anna Clark, Francisco Pina Polo, Federico Santangelo, Cas Valachova, Kit Morrell, Lindsay Driediger-Murphy, Guido Clemente, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, Roman M. Frolov, Harriet Flower, Evan Jewell, Alexandra Eckert, Martin Stone

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