Contested Triumphs: Politics, Pageantry, and Performance in Livy S Republican Rome (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jan 11, 2009 - 384 pages
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This pathbreaking 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.
  

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Contents

Triumphal Decision Making and the SPQR
33
Consular Tribunes and Privati cum Imperio Magistracy and Triumph
54
Crossing Provincial Boundaries Joint Campaigns and Overlapping Jurisdictions
67
The Importance of Closure
84
Body Counts or Who Killed Whom
104
Patterns of Success
115
THE PERFORMANCE OF POLITICS AND THE POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE
127
Prologue The Triumphs of the Second Punic War
149
Cn Manlius Vulso in 187 Beyond Allowable Limits?
213
M Popillius Laenas in 173 Inverting the Paradigm
231
L Aemilius Paullus in 167 Rogatio ad Populum and the Soldiers Revenge
246
Triumphs and Roman Values
275
FASTI LIVIANI REQUESTS FOR TRIUMPS 218167 BC
299
SUCCESS RATES OF TRIUMPH REQUEST 218167 BC
303
BIBLIOGRAPHY
309
INDEX LOCORUM
329

L Furius Purpureo in 200 The Centrality of Narrative
168
L Cornelius Merula in 193 What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
181
L Cornelius Scipio Nasica in 191 Family Ties and the Art of Persuasion
187
M Fulvius Nobilior in 187 Staging Hostilities
196

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About the author (2009)

Miriam R. Pelikan Pittenger is Associate Professor of Classics at Hanover College in Indiana.

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