C. Rosillo-López, Public Opinion and Politics in the Late Roman Republic

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Cristina Rosillo-López, Public Opinion and Politics in the Late Roman Republic, Cambridge, 2017.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
280 pages
ISBN : 9781107145078
75 £


This book investigates the working mechanisms of public opinion in Late Republican Rome as a part of informal politics. It explores the political interaction (and sometimes opposition) between the elite and the people through various means, such as rumours, gossip, political literature, popular verses and graffiti. It also proposes the existence of a public sphere in Late Republican Rome and analyses public opinion in that time as a system of control. By applying the spatial turn to politics, it becomes possible to study sociability and informal meetings where public opinion circulated. What emerges is a wider concept of the political participation of the people, not just restricted to voting or participating in the assemblies.

Argues that public opinion existed in the Late Roman Republic and analyses its working mechanisms
Explores a wider approach to the political participation of the people
Applies the spatial turn to politics in order to locate informal politics in its actual archaeological setting.

Source : Cambridge University Press

 

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