Rome, the Greek World, and the East, Volumen1

Univ of North Carolina Press, 2002 - 383 páginas
Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, including The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have enriched our understanding of the Greco-Roman world in fundamental ways. In his writings Millar has made the inhabitants of the Roman Empire central to our conception of how the empire functioned. He also has shown how and why Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam evolved from within the wider cultural context of the Greco-Roman world.

Opening this collection of sixteen essays is a new contribution by Millar in which he defends the continuing significance of the study of Classics and argues for expanding the definition of what constitutes that field. In this volume he also questions the dominant scholarly interpretation of politics in the Roman Republic, arguing that the Roman people, not the Senate, were the sovereign power in Republican Rome. In so doing he sheds new light on the establishment of a new regime by the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus.



PART I Conceptions and Sources
PART II The Roman Republic
The Political Character of the Classical Roman Republic 200151 BC
Politics Persuasion and the People before the Social War 15090 BC
Popular Politics at Rome in the Late Republic
Cornelius Nepos Atticus and the Roman Revolution
The Last Century of the Republic Whose History?
PART III The Augustan Revolution
The Emperor the Senate and the Provinces
State and Subject The Impact of Monarchy
Senatorial Provinces An Institutionalized Ghost
Ovid and the Domus Augusta Rome Seen from Tomoi
Imperial Ideology in the Tabula Siarensis
The Roman CityState under the Emperors 29 BCAD 69

The Mediterranean and the Roman Revolution Politics War and the Economy

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Página xiii - For the people is the sole fountain of honour and of punishment; and it is by these two things and these alone that dynasties and constitutions and, in a word, human society are held together: for where the distinction between them is not sharply drawn both in theory and practice, there no undertaking can be properly administered — as indeed we might expect when good and bad are held in exactly the same honour.
Página xiii - ... affairs can be properly administered. How indeed is this possible when good and evil men are held in equal estimation? It is by the people, then, in many cases that offences punishable by a fine are tried when the accused have held the highest office; and they are the only court which may try on capital charges. As regards the latter they have a practice which is praiseworthy and should be mentioned. Their usage allows those on trial for their lives when found guilty liberty to depart openly,...
Página xiv - Again it is the people who bestow office on the deserving, the noblest reward of virtue in a state; the people have the power of approving or rejecting laws, and what is most important of all, they deliberate on the question of war and peace.

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Fergus Millar is Camden Professor of Ancient History emeritus at Oxford University.

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