The Constitution of the Roman Republic

Paperback | July 11, 2003

byAndrew Lintott

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There is no other published book in English studying the constitution of the Roman Republic as a whole. Yet the Greek historian Polybius believed that the constitution was a fundamental cause of the exponential growth of Rome's empire. He regarded the Republic as unusual in two respects:first, because it functioned so well despite being a mix of monarchy, oligarchy and democracy; secondly, because the constitution was the product of natural evolution rather than the ideals of a lawgiver. Even if historians now seek more widely for the causes of Rome's rise to power, the importanceand influence of her political institutions remains. The reasons for Rome's power are both complex, on account of the mix of elements, and flexible, inasmuch as they were not founded on written statutes but on unwritten traditions reinterpreted by successive generations. Knowledge of Rome'spolitical institutions is essential both for ancient historians and for those who study the contribution of Rome to the republican tradition of political thought from the Middle Ages to the revolutions inspired by the Enlightenment.

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There is no other published book in English studying the constitution of the Roman Republic as a whole. Yet the Greek historian Polybius believed that the constitution was a fundamental cause of the exponential growth of Rome's empire. He regarded the Republic as unusual in two respects:first, because it functioned so well despite bein...

Andrew Lintott is Professor of Roman History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Worcester College

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.72 inPublished:July 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199261083

ISBN - 13:9780199261086

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Table of Contents

I. IntroductionII. A Roman Political YearIII. Polybius and the ConstitutionIV. The Story of the Origin of the ConstitutionV. The AssembliesVI. The SenateVII. The Higher Magistrates and the Pro-MagistratesVIII. Tribunes, Aediles, and Minor MagistratesIX. Criminal JusticeX. The Influence of Society and ReligionXI. The Balance of the ConstitutionXII. The Mixed Constitution and Republican IdeologyXIII. The Republic Remembered

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Lintott has written a handbook to the Roman 'constitution' for our times, explicitly linking what is almost always a clear account of constitutional detail to the kind of broader questions raised by Millar./ Mary Beard, TLS, 28/05/99 (reviewed alongside Fergus Millar's 'The Crowd in Rome inthe Late Republic', Univ of Michigan Press).