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Aspects of Roman historical past 82BC–AD14 examines the political and armed forces heritage of Rome and its empire within the Ciceronian and Augustan a while. it's an critical advent to this valuable interval of Roman background for all scholars of Roman historical past, from pre-university to undergraduate level.

This is the 1st e-book considering that H.H. Scullard’s From the Gracchi to Nero, released generations in the past, to supply an entire introductory account of 1 of the main compelling and very important sessions within the background of Europe. Aspects of Roman historical past 82BC–AD14:

* brings to existence the good figures of Pompey, Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus, and explores how energy was once won, used and abused

* covers the lives of ladies and slaves, the working of the empire and the lives of provincials, and faith, tradition and propaganda

* bargains either a survey of the most themes and a close narrative in the course of the shut exam of sources

* introduces scholars to the issues of analyzing facts, and is helping strengthen the data and abilities had to extra the research of historic history.

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Roman religion The Romans always sought pax deorum, peace under the will of their pantheon of gods, and believed that communication with the gods was 15 ASPECTS OF ROMAN HISTORY, 82 BC– AD 14 achieved through prayer, sacrifice and divination. It could be achieved only if the state and the household both prioritised religious ritual. State religion was headed by the pontifex maximus, the chief priest, and priestly colleges looked after other specific areas of religious life. By the late Republic fifteen pontiffs acted as advisers and regulated the state calendar, and fifteen augurs interpreted the will of the gods by observation of the flight of birds.

It is clearly linked to the inscriptions that Roman nobles and other prominent men had 9 ASPECTS OF ROMAN HISTORY, 82 BC– AD 14 carved on or near their tombs, listing the offices that they had held and their main achievements. There were also inscriptions in praise of famous men on other monuments, such as columns and, interestingly, in statues on Augustus’ own Forum, built in the year 2; these were longer than the funerary inscriptions, but nothing like as long as the Res Gestae or so full of detailed statistics.

Threats from without: Jugurtha, Cimbri and Teutones, Mithridates The acquisition of an empire and the need to defend it increased Rome’s commitments in the Mediterranean. In 118 the friendly ruler of the North African kingdom of Numidia died and a struggle for power broke out between his two sons and his nephew, Jugurtha. As Rome had developed business interests in the country the Senate reluctantly became involved and a Roman commission suggested that the country should be divided. Jugurtha rejected the scheme and murdered a large number of Italian traders in the capital, Cirta.

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