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Remembering the Roman People: Essays on Late-Republican Politics and Literature

T. P. Wiseman


This book consists of ten linked studies of the political culture of the late Roman republic, all based on the premise that most recent scholarship has been over-influenced by the ideology of the self-styled optimates, as transmitted above all in the letters and speeches of Cicero, and has largely ignored the interests and ideological standpoint of the Roman People as a whole. Rejecting the assumption that the republic was always and necessarily an oligarchy, and keeping open the possibility that the People had a strong egalitarian ethos of its own, normally in conflict with that of the optima ... More

Keywords: Cicero, Caesar, optimates, performance space, political murder, Roman People, Roman politics, Roman republic, Roman satire, Varro

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. P. Wiseman, author
Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Exeter