The Senate of Imperial Rome

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Princeton University Press, Oct 21, 1987 - History - 606 pages

Richard J. A. Talbert examines the composition, procedure, and functions of the Roman senate during the Principate (30 B.C.-A.D. 238). Although it is of central importance to the period, this great council has not previously received such scholarly treatment. Offering a fresh approach to major ancient authors (Pliny and Tacitus in particular), the book also draws on inscriptions and legal writers never before fully exploited for the study of the senate.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
THE SENATE
9
ROUTINE
17
SENATORS
39
MEETING PLACES AND THE INTERIOR
113
ATTENDANCE
131
THE EMPEROR IN THE SENATE
163
Summons
185
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341
IMPERIAL POWERS AND OTHER HONORS
354
THE SENATES ROLE IN ADMINISTRATION
372
195
382
THE SENATES ROLE IN ADMINISTRATION
392
200
394
216
405
DIPLOMACY THE ARMY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS
408

Time and duration of sessions
189
Confidentiality of sessions
195
The annual calendar of business
200
Senatorial dress
216
PROCEDURE
221
Lex Julia
222
Religious ceremonial
224
The opening of sessions
225
The language of proceedings
226
Speeches of thanks
227
Communications
230
Permission to speak first Relatio
231
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232
Explanation verba facere Interrogatio The order in which members were called
240
The participation of junior members
249
The need to reply
252
Delivery of sententiae
253
Scope of sententiae
256
The right to speak off the question
257
Withdrawal of sententiae
260
Delivery of sententiae on oath
261
Character of debate
262
Expression of feeling
265
Style of speaking
268
Personal abuse
270
The role of the president
273
Members attention
275
The taking of votes
279
Delegation of business
285
Conclusion
288
PROCEDURAL CHANGE IN THE SECOND CENTURY
290
RECORDS AND THEIR
303
SENATORIAL LEGISLATION
431
224
457
234
458
16
460
76
466
113
476
THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE SENATE
488
121
495
236
499
EXTENDED NOTES
513
128
517
INFORMATION FOR NONSPECIALIST READERS
521
BIBLIOGRAPHY
531
240
532
131
536
152
551
249
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256
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261
554
265
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268
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270
557
GENERAL INDEX
565
163
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273
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279
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285
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375
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290
579
Form of senatus consulta Publication of senatus consulta Acta senatus Ancient writers use of acta senatus I Suetonius Dio and others II Tacitus Known...
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