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Res Publica and the Roman Republic: 'Without Body or Form'

Louise Hodgson


This book explores the political crisis at the end of the Roman Republic through the changing perceptions of the political sphere itself, the res publica. From Scipio Nasica’s efforts to keep the res publica safe in 133 to Sulla’s restored res publica in 82–1 and Caesar’s sarcasm about its very existence, the perceived condition and needs of the res publica were a source of concern, controversy, and self-justification throughout this period. The book begins with a definition of res publica and proceeds to outline its relationships with various constitutional elements, in particular the Republi ... More

Keywords: res publica, Cicero, Caesar, Roman Republic, populares, magistrates, civil war, politics, rhetoric

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise Hodgson, author
Independent scholar, based in the UK

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