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Author Millar, Fergus.

Title The crowd in Rome in the late Republic / Fergus Millar.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  937.05 MILL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 236 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Series Jerome lectures ; 22.
Jerome lectures ; 22nd ser.
Notes Slightly expanded version of the five Jerome lectures given at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1993 and at the American Academy in Rome, 1994.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents I. Approaches and Interpretations -- II. The Roman Crowd in Perspective: Historical Background and Contemporary Setting -- III. Popular Politics in the 70s: The Demand for the Restoration of Sovereignty -- IV. The Crowd, Oratory, and Imperialism, 69-65 -- V. Oratory, Disorder, and Social Problems, 64-60 -- VI. Empire, Legislation, and Political Violence, 59-56 -- VII. Popular Politics in Decline, 55-50 -- VIII. The Crowd in Rome: What Sort of Democracy?
Summary "The Crowd in Rome in the Late Republic explores the consequences of a democracy in which public office could only be gained by direct election by the people. And while the Senate could indeed debate public matters, advise other officeholders, and make some administrative decisions, it could not legislate. An officeholder who wanted to pass a law had to step out of the Senate-house and propose it to the people in the Forum."--BOOK JACKET. "In an expansion and revision of his Thomas Spencer Jerome lectures, Fergus Millar explores the development of the Roman Republic, which by its final years had come to cover most of Italy. To exercise their rights, voters had to come to Rome (or to live in or near the city as about one third of them did) and to meet in the Forum. Millar takes the period from 80 to 50 B.C., the dictatorship of Sulla to Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon, and shows how crowd politics was central to the great changes that took place year after year."--BOOK JACKET.
"The volume will interest general readers, as well as students of politics and Roman history. Technical terms are explained, and foreign words are kept to a minimum."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Crowds -- Rome -- History.
Collective behavior.
Rome -- Politics and government -- 265-30 B.C.
ISBN 0472108921 (acid-free paper)