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Pompey, Cato, and the Governance of the Roman Empire

Kit Morrell


This book examines attempts to improve provincial governance from 70–50, particularly the contributions of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus and the younger Marcus Porcius Cato. It contends that Romans of the late republic were more concerned about the problems of their empire than is generally recognized, and were taking steps to address them. These efforts ranged well beyond the sanctions of the extortion law to encompass show trials, exemplary governance, and ideas drawn from moral philosophy, culminating in 52–50 in a reform programme which combined what Cicero called ‘Cato’s policy’ of ethical gover ... More

Keywords: Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey), Marcus Porcius Cato ‘Uticensis’, Late Roman republic, Provincial governance, Empire, Extortion law, Stoic philosophy, Reform, Lex Pompeia de provinciis, Marcus Tullius Cicero

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kit Morrell, author
Research Associate, University of Sydney