Violence in Republican Rome

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - History - 240 pages
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Why did the aristocracy of the Roman Republic destroy the system of government which was its basis? The answers given by ancient authorities are moral corruption and personal ambition. The modern student finds only too inevitable the causal nexus of political conflict, violence, militaryinsurrection and authoritarian government. Yet before the era of intense violence Rome had an apparently stable constitution with a long history. In this revised edition of his classic book, for which he has written a new introduction, Andrew Lintott examines the roots of violence in Republican lawand society and the growth of violence in city war and the power of armies. It suggests in conclusion that this disaster was more the outcome of folly in the choice of political means than depravity in the choice of ends.
 

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Contents

Popular Justice
6
u Violence and the Law
22
in Cruelty
35
The Morality of Political Violence
52
PART TWO VIOLENCE IN PRACTICE
67
The Gangs
74
Control of Violence by the Executive
89
Legislation against Violence
107
Legal Remedies for Private Violence
125
States of Emergency
149
PART FOUR
175
conclusion
204
APPINUICliS
209
BIBLIOGRAPHY
222
INOIiXKS
233
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Andrew Lintott is at Worcester College, Oxford.

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