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lex Publilia Philonis  

Charles Bartlett

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Jan 2018
The lex Publilia Philonis of 339bce addressed two issues of importance for the functioning of the Senate. The first concerned the auctoritas of the body, and did away with the practice of senatorial ... More

lex Ovinia  

Charles Bartlett

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Jan 2018
The lex Ovinia, or more properly, the plebiscitum Ovinium, is a plebiscite that transferred the power to determine membership in the Roman Senate from the consuls or chief magistrates to the censors. ... More

gifts and giving, Roman  

Neil Coffee

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Dec 2017
Romans not only gave gifts to express emotion and build relationships; a long-standing tradition of mutual aid gave rise to more intensive exchange of gifts and services (or reciprocity), ... More

wealth, Roman attitudes towards  

Gloria Vivenza and Neville Morley

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Nov 2017
Roman attitudes to wealth were complex and sometimes ambivalent. Wealth was an essential basis for political and social life, but also a topic of extensive debate, which focused on the ... More

saeculum  

Susan Bilynskyj Dunning

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Nov 2017
In Roman conceptions of time, the saeculum became the longest fixed interval, calculated as a period of 100 or 110 years (as opposed to, e.g., a lustrum of only five years; cf. “census”). ... More

frugality (frugalitas) and parsimony (parsimonia)  

Grant Nelsestuen

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Nov 2017
Arising from the agrarian and domestic contexts of classical antiquity, the notion of “frugality” (frugalitas) was a positive, desirable, and in many respects distinctively Roman concept ... More

tribunicia potestas  

T. Corey Brennan

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Oct 2017
Tribunicia potestas (tribunician power) refers to the rights granted to Rome’s tribuni plebis—including sacrosanctity, that is, personal inviolability while in office—and ... More

Julius Caesar, reception of  

W. Jeffrey Tatum

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Feb 2017
The reception of Caesar constitutes, for obvious reasons, an immense topic. As a political idea, Caesar exhibits from the very beginning a tension between his role as dictator and ... More

Constantia, half-sister of Constantine and wife of Licinius  

Julia Hillner

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Feb 2017
Late antique sources remember Flavia Iulia Constantia,1 conventionally for her loyalty to her imperial relatives, both by birth and by marriage, and, more innovatively, for her Christian patronage, a ... More

tribuni plebis  

Peter Sidney Derow

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Aug 2016
Tribuni plebis (or plebi), ‘tribunes’, were the officers of the plebs first created in 500–450bce (traditionally in 494, the date of the first secession of the plebs and their corporate recognition). ... More

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