By Nathan Rosenstein, Robert Morstein-Marx
This better half presents an authoritative and updated evaluate of Roman Republican heritage because it is at present practiced.
Highlights fresh advancements, together with archaeological discoveries, clean ways to textual resources, and the hole up of recent components of historic study.
Retains the drama of the Republic’s upward push and fall.
Emphasizes not only the proof of texts and actual continues to be, but additionally the versions and assumptions that students convey to those artefacts.
Looks on the function performed through the actual geography and surroundings of Italy.
Offers a compact yet targeted narrative of army and political advancements from the delivery of the Roman Republic via to the demise of Julius Caesar.
Discusses present controversies within the box.
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43 Second-century Italy would then hardly have been marked by a drop in the rural free population but on the contrary by an increase; and this, according to Morley, makes the hunger for land and the Gracchan program of agrarian distribution much more understandable than Beloch’s and Brunt’s model, according to which sufficient land should actually have been available. 44 So the better solution seems to be to accept that Augustus changed the meaning of census figures by including not only adult males as before, but also women and children, in accordance with the principle we know to have been followed in the provincial censuses he established for the first time.
45 For land tenure an unusual body of sources is available in the writings of the Roman land surveyors,46 which had already prompted Max Weber to undertake a seminal investigation. 48 Nathan Rosenstein shows in his newly published book how the disposition of farmland, family structure, and demographic development interact, and how our reconstructions of specific agricultural forms directly determine our picture of the potential for social and political conflict. 50 These highly controversial investigations into the size and development of the population have established an important branch of research into the history of the Republic.
62 Millar emphasized the basic facts that the Roman popular assemblies chose the magistrates and above all legislated, which was the accepted manner of validating the fundamental modifications and decisions of the community, at least from the second century. If then the assembled People were not bound by clientage to the members of the ruling class in such a way that they mechanically voted as their patrons commanded, other criteria must have predominated. Millar regarded the great scope of public communication, especially the countless speeches before the assembled People, as proof that the People and their opinions were important, and indeed that orators had to devote a great deal of effort to persuading this People, if they wished to make their mark as politicians and to pursue a successful career despite heavy competition (see also Chapter 20).