Remembering the Roman Republic: Culture, Politics and History Under the Principate

Remembering the Roman Republic: Culture, Politics and History Under the Principate


By (author) Andrew B. Gallia

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  • Format: Hardback | 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 226mm x 33mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 3 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107012600
  • ISBN 13: 9781107012608
  • Illustrations note: 16 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,093,431

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The Roman Principate was defined by its embrace of a central paradox - the ruling order strenuously advertised continuity with the past, even as the emperor's monarchical power represented a fundamental breach with the traditions of the 'free' Republic it had replaced. Drawing on the evidence of coins, public monuments and literary texts ranging from Tacitus and Pliny the Younger to Frontinus and Silius Italicus, this study traces a series of six crucial moments in which the memory of the Republic intruded upon Roman public discourse in the period from the fall of Nero to the height of Trajan's power. During these years, remembering the Republic was anything but a remote and antiquarian undertaking. It was instead a vital cultural process, through which emperors and their subjects attempted to navigate many of the fault lines that ran through Roman Imperial culture.

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Author information

Andrew Gallia is Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. His articles have appeared in Classical Quarterly, Transactions of the American Philological Association and The Journal of Roman Studies.

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'Andrew B. Gallia's Remembering the Roman Republic: Culture, Politics and History under the Principate is a rich and rewarding study of the dynamics of Roman public memory throughout the interconnected realms of, as promised in the subtitle, culture, politics and history ... this book should be read and admired both for taking on such a complex question with circumspection and sagacity and also for doing so with the kind of critical spirit that prefers to multiply rather than subtract and is thus infinitely more valuable.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Freedom; 2. Rebuilding; 3. Control; 4. Persuasion; 5. Inscription; 6. Restoration; Conclusion; Appendix A. Pliny's letter to Minicianus; Appendix B. Republican denarii restored by Trajan.