This path breaking analysis of Roman political culture in the middle Republic focuses on the concerns of the Roman Senate as it decided whether or not to award a victorious general triumphal honors. Miriam R. Pelikan Pittenger's strikingly original approach illuminates this process by examining several Senate debates as reported by the historian Livy. The conduct of these debates illustrates the competitive ethos in the elite and mirrors creative tensions between the magistrates, the Senate, and the people of Rome. "Contested Triumphs" shows how Livy dramatized the process of history in the making and vividly demonstrates how it is the struggle itself that remains most vital.
Miriam R. Pelikan Pittenger is Associate Professor of Classics at Hanover College in Indiana.
Preface Introduction: Livy's Republican Rome PART I. SETTING STANDARDS: IMPERIO AUSPICIO DUCTU FELICITATE 1. Triumphal Decision Making and the SPQR 2. Consular Tribunes and Privati cum Imperio: Magistracy and Triumph 3. Crossing Provincial Boundaries: Joint Campaigns and Overlapping Jurisdictions 4. The Importance of Closure 5. Body Counts; or, Who Killed Whom 6. Patterns of Success PART II. THE PERFORMANCE OF POLITICS AND THE POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE 7. Prologue: The Triumphs of the Second Punic War 8. L. Furius Purpureo in 2: The Centrality of Narrative 9. L. Cornelius Merula in 193: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 10. L. Cornelius Scipio Nasica in 191: Family Ties and the Art of Persuasion 11. M. Fulvius Nobilior in 187: Staging Hostilities 12. Cn. Manlius Vulso in 187: Beyond Allowable Limits? 13. M. Popillius Laenas in 173: Inverting the Paradigm 14. L. Aemilius Paullus in 167: Rogatio ad Populum and the Soldiers' Revenge Conclusion: Triumphs and Roman Values Appendix A: Fasti Liviani: Requests for Triumphs, 218 -- 167 B.C. Appendix B: Success Rates of Triumph Requests, 218 -- 167 B.C. Bibliography Index Locorum General Index