By Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx
This Companion offers an authoritative and updated assessment of Roman Republican historical past because it is at present practiced.
- Highlights contemporary advancements, together with archaeological discoveries, clean ways to textual resources, and the outlet up of recent components of historic study
- Retains the drama of the Republic’s upward push and fall
- Emphasizes not only the facts of texts and actual continues to be, but in addition the types and assumptions that students deliver to those artefacts
- Looks on the position performed by means of the actual geography and surroundings of Italy
- Offers a compact yet special narrative of army and political advancements from the start of the Roman Republic via to the dying of Julius Caesar
- Discusses present controversies within the field
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2006 6:29pm Methods, Models, and Historiography The Struggle for Democracy The communicative turn and the shaking of the certainty that an all-embracing system of clientage made Rome into an oligarchy of patrons gathered in the Senate whose innermost circle, the nobility, largely dominated politics, gave considerable impetus for the radically new position taken by Fergus Millar. 62 Millar emphasized the basic facts that the Roman popular assemblies chose the magistrates and above all legislated, which was the accepted manner of validating the fundamental modifications and decisions of the community, at least from the second century.
2006 6:29pm 19 Among the advances brought by Millar’s reinterpretation of republican politics was certainly an emphasis upon speech as a medium in which political content was communicated. But here the fact that Roman politicians gave speeches in the popular assemblies before legislative decisions also admits of various interpretations. 95 Senators in the popular assemblies adopted a fairly standardized mode of behavior, emphasizing the competence of the People to make decisions and their own dedication to the interests of the general public.
Nevertheless, this colorful spectrum of reception demonstrates how rich a source of intellectual stimulation the Roman Republic can be, and will certainly remain. In order to benefit fully from these perspectives and indeed merely to understand the Republic itself, it is absolutely necessary to develop models. 8 Such assumptions about relationships are unavoidable if one wishes to give an account that does not consist simply of isolated details. This means that every account is based on models of this type; yet even the author is not always aware of them, and even less often does an interpreter make them explicit for the reader.
A companion to the Roman Republic by Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx