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By Alain M. Gowing

Even though the Roman Republic got here to an indisputable result in 31 BC with the accession of the emperor Augustus, the reminiscence of the Republic continued. This ebook explores how that reminiscence manifested itself, serving as an street for dissent in addition to imperial propaganda, sooner than steadily fading over the process the early Empire (AD 14-117). offering case-studies of numerous imperial authors and key Roman monuments, it additionally examines the shut courting among reminiscence and heritage in Roman concept, trained by way of smooth reviews of historic reminiscence.

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So Cicero: vita . . mortuorum in memoria est posita vivorum (Phil. 10). Ovid notes one occasion when the Parentalia was not celebrated: Romans were too busy engaged in war and they suffered for the failure to observe the festival (F. 547–54). Cumont (1949), 52–4. I naturally simplify a very complex issue (Roman attitudes toward the deceased): further Feldherr (2000), 211–13, with refs. As Meier stresses (19973), 302–3, this connection with the past was intrinsic to the Roman conception of the Republic.

Succlamavit universa contio ‘‘te, Q. ’’ tum ille victus consensu omnium et tam honorifico civitatis testimonio e contione discessit. hic hominis verecundiam, populi iustitiam mirari libet, huius, quod non ultra contendit, plebis, quod dissuadentem et adversarium voluntatis suae vero testimonio fraudare noluit. Both the leadership as well as the humility of Quintus Catulus are worthy of memory. ’’ Then, overwhelmed by the universal consensus, and by such an honorable tribute on the part of the citizens, he left the meeting.

Then, overwhelmed by the universal consensus, and by such an honorable tribute on the part of the citizens, he left the meeting. At this point one might marvel at the humility of the man and the people’s sense of justice: Catulus because he no longer opposed the measure, the people because they were unwilling to deprive him of their genuine respect, even though he was arguing the opposite case contrary to their wishes. 1–2) This is how the Republic should work. 9), suggesting that it was seen to have special relevance.

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