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Plebs and Politics in the Late Roman Republic - Henrik Mouritsen

Plebs and Politics in the Late Roman Republic

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Plebs and Politics in the Late Roman Republic analyses the political role of the masses in a profoundly aristocratic society. Constitutionally the populus Romanus wielded almost unlimited powers, controlling legislation and the election of officials, a fact which has inspired 'democratic' readings of the Roman republic. In this book a distinction is drawn between the formal powers of the Roman people and the practical realisation of these powers. The question is approached from a quantitative as well as a qualitative perspective, asking how large these crowds were, and how their size affected their social composition. Building on those investigations, the different types of meetings and assemblies are analysed. The result is a new picture of the place of the masses in the running of the Roman state, which challenges the 'democratic' interpretation, and presents a society riven by social conflicts and a widening gap between rich and poor.

'... a major contribution to our understanding of republican history.' Journal of Roman Studies 'It is particularly the discussion of the practical aspects of Roman politics that makes this book very interesting. Mouritsen interprets the scarce material on this subject in a convincing manner ... he presents enough new and surprising observations to keep the reader fascinated.' Journal of Legal History

Acknowledgements
Introduction: ideology and practice in Roman politics
The scale of late republican politics
The contio
Legislative assemblies
Elections
Plebs and politics
Appendix: the 'Lex Licinia de sodalitatibus'
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521791007
ISBN-10: 0521791006
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 11th June 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.42