Approaching the Roman Revolution: Papers on Republican History

ISBN : 9780198767060

Ronald Syme; Federico Santangelo
448 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2016
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This volume collects twenty-six previously unpublished studies on Republican history by the late Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989), drawn from the archive of Syme's papers at the Bodleian Library. This set of papers sheds light on aspects of Republican history that were either overlooked or tangentially discussed in Syme's published work. They range across a wide spectrum of topics, including the political history of the second century BC, the age of Sulla, the conspiracy of Catiline, problems of constitutional law, and the Roman conquest of Umbria. Each of them makes a distinctive contribution to specific historical problems. Taken as a whole, they enable us to reach a more comprehensive assessment of Syme's intellectual and historiographical profile. The papers are preceded by an introduction that places them within the context of Syme's work and of the current historiography on the Roman Republic, and are followed by a full set of bibliographical addenda.


1 The Divorce of Aemilius Paullus
2 The Predominance of the Fulvii
3 The Politics of the Marcii
4 The Abdication of Sulla
5 The Speech for Roscius of Ameria
6 M. Aemilius Lepidus (cos. 78 BC)
7 Satellites of Sulla
8 The Unspeakable Fufidius
9 Rex Leptasta
10 Sallust and Bestia
11 Rome and Arpinum
12 The Consular Elections 70-66 BC
13 Catilina's Three Marriages
14 Crassus, Catilina, and the Vestal Virgins
15 Sallust on Crassus
16 Sallust's List of Conspirators
17 P. Sulla cos. cand. 66 BC
18 The Gay Sempronia
19 The End of the Fulvii
20 Caesar as pontifex maximus
21 Cicero's Change of Plan
22 Nicolaus of Damascus XXVIII and XXXI
23 Virgil's First Patron
24 Caesar and Augustus in Virgil
25 How many fasces?
26 Rome and Umbria

About the author: 

Federico Santangelo is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Newcastle University. He is the author of Sulla, the Elites and Empire: A Study of Roman Policies in Italy and the Greek East (2007) and Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic (2013), and the co-editor, with J. H. Richardson, of The Roman Historical Tradition: Regal and Republican Rome (OUP, 2014).

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