Politics of the Late Republic (Modern Scholarship)

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  • Politics of the Late Roman Republic - Modern Scholarship
    • Cato
      • Scullard
        • "His [Cato's] death symbolised the death of the Republic"
      • Taylor
        • "His [Cato's] courage and idealism mad him a matyr"
      • Syme
        • "Stoicism was a defence of traditional values of the governing class"
      • Marin
        • Cato decided to end his own life in Utica, believing that there was no place for him under a Caesarian government
        • 'Cato's defeat was due to the exasperation of the common folk, who were angry at his aloofness and refusal to take part in the usual bribery that surrounded elections.'
    • Optimates vs Populares
      • Scullard
        • "Many in the Populares sought a personal predominance, while in contrast, the Optimates tried to uphold the oligarchy that they controlled"
        • "No real principles were at stake. That was the tragedy. It was a struggle for personal power, prestige and honour, without regard for the libertas of others"
      • Shotter
        • "Caesar could not feel safe in leaving his province without his army, whilst Pompey could not feel safe so long as Caesar kept his army"
        • "The optimates made out that they had gone to war to save the republic from the dominance of individuals"
    • Political Control
      • Scullard
        • "the business of the Senate was very largely in the hands of the nobiles"
      • Marin
        • "[novus homos in Rome] Italy itself now was faced with a barbarian invasion"
    • Cicero
      • Everitt
        • "Cicero was a statesman and public servant of outstanding ability"
      • Tempest
        • "Cicero's publication of the speech enabled him to lay claim to the glory that his hard work had earned"
    • Corruption
      • Marin
        • "Lingering over Verres' illegal actions, a dramatic portrait of corruption at its most extreme and damning was presented to the people"
      • Shotter
        • "ambition was the constant victor over patriotism"
    • Pompey
      • Bradley
        • "Pompey was ambitious, but he did not wish to rule Rome as a dictator"
        • "embodied everything that the oligarchy opposed ... yet his friendship was eagerly sought"
    • The First Triumvirate
      • Beard
        • "There were all kinds of strains, disagreements and rivalries between the three men"
      • Smith
        • "But they too learned that they were but Caesar's tools, no more free than the Senate to act in independence; by May their first flush of their popularity had worn off; by July the triumvirs were hated, but just as determined"
    • Caesar
      • Beard
        • "With the power and wealth he had accumulated, he was to be reintegrated into the ordinary mainstream of politics"
        • "Would Caesar, with more than 40,000 troops at his disposal only a few days march from Italy, follow the example of Sulla, or Pompey?"
      • Tempest
        • "Caesar had completely parted from the path of tradition. Even his whole policy of clemency marked him out as a despot, whose personal whim held sway over the lives of his fellow citizens"
      • Holland
        • By crossing the Rubicon... he helped bring the ruin of Rome's ancient freedoms and the establishment, upon their wreckage, of a monarchy


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