Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome: Speech, Audience and Decision

Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome: Speech, Audience and Decision

By: Christa Gray (editor), Catherine Steel (editor), Henriette van der Blom (editor)Hardback

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This volume brings together a distinguished international group of researchers to explore public speech in Republican Rome in its institutional and ideological contexts. The focus throughout is on the interaction between argument, speaker, delivery and action. The chapters consider how speeches acted alongside other factors - such as the identity of the speaker, his alliances, the deployment of invective against opponents, physical location and appearance of other members of the audience, and non-rhetorical threats or incentives - to affect the beliefs and behaviour of the audience. Together they offer a range of approaches to these issues and bring attention back to the content of public speech in Republican Rome as well as its form and occurrence. The book will be of interest not only to ancient historians, but also to those working on ancient oratory and to historians and political theorists working on public speech.

About Author

Henriette van der Blom is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Cicero's Role Models: The Political Strategy of a Newcomer (2010), Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome (ed. with Catherine Steel; 2013), and Oratory and Political Career in the late Roman Republic (Cambridge, 2016). She is a member of the editorial board of the Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators project. Christa Gray is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading. She is the author of Jerome, Vita Malchi: Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary (2015), and the co-editor, alongside Andrea Balbo, Richard Marshall and Catherine Steel, of Reading Republican Oratory: Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions (forthcoming). She is a member of the editorial board of the Fragments of the Roman Republican Orators project. Catherine Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow. Her publications include The End of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: Conquest and Crisis (2013) and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero (Cambridge, 2013). She is currently Principal Investigator on The Fragments of Republican Roman Oratory project.


Introduction Catherine Steel, Christa Gray and Henriette van der Blom; Part I. Modes of Political Communication: 1. Aristocratic dignity and indignity in republican public life Alexander Yakobson; 2. Political communication in the Late Roman Republic: semantic battles between optimates and populares? Claudia Tiersch; 3. Political participation and the identification of politicians in the Late Roman Republic Cristina Rosillo Lopez; 4. Gods, change and civic space in late republican oratory Anna Clark; Part II. Political Alliances: 5. Political alliances and rivalries in contiones in the Late Roman Republic Francisco Pina Polo; 6. Theophanes of Mytilene, Cicero and Pompey's inner circle Federico Santangelo; 7. The garden and the forum: epicurean adherence and political affiliation in the Late Republic Cas Valachova; 8. Cato, Pompey's third consulship, and the politics of Milo's trial Kit Morrell; Part III. Institutions in Theory and Practice: 9. Falsifying the auspices in Republican politics Lindsay Driediger-Murphy; 10. When the senators became 'the best' Guido Clemente; 11. Private knowledge and public image in Roman elections: the case of the 'Pro Murena' Ayelet Haimson Lushkov; 12. The 'wrong' meetings? Some notes on the linked usage of the terms coetus and contiones in the political language of the Roman Republic Roman M. Frolov; 13. Servilia's Consilium: rhetoric and politics in a family setting Harriet Flower; Part IV. Memory and Reputation: 14. Like father, like son? The dynamics of family exemplarity and ideology in (fragmentary) Republican oratory Evan Jewell; 15. Good fortune and the public good: disputing Sulla's claim to be Felix Alexandra Eckert; 16. Gaius Verres troubleshooter Martin Stone.

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  • ISBN13: 9781108429016
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 366
  • ID: 9781108429016
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 1108429017

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