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Remembering the Roman PeopleEssays on Late-Republican Politics and Literature$
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T. P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239764.001.0001

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Licinius Macer, Juno Moneta, and Veiovis *

Licinius Macer, Juno Moneta, and Veiovis *

(p.59) 3 Licinius Macer, Juno Moneta, and Veiovis*
Remembering the Roman People

T. P. Wiseman

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes issue with Tim Cornell's view that nothing useful can be known about the historian Licinius Macer and that he should not necessarily be identified as the tribune of that name in 73 BC, to whom Sallust in his Histories attributed a speech on the restoration of the tribunes' powers. The traditions on the founding of the tribunate are analysed, with Macer suggested as the source who named two Licinii and a Sicinius among the original tribunes elected. A new proposal for the site of the Juno Moneta temple, where Macer claimed to have found documentary evidence for the early republic, places it on Catulus' huge new platform on the site of Romulus' asylum on the Capitol. The god of the asylum was Veiovis, who is identified as the young god with the thunderbolt on Macer's coin issue of 84 BC.

Keywords:   asylum, Catulus, Juno Moneta, Licinius Macer, tribunes, Veiovis

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