Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography: Studies in Honor of Richard J.A. Talbert (Impact of Empire)

Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography: Studies in Honor of Richard J.A. Talbert (Impact of Empire)

Language: English

Pages: 358

ISBN: 9004283714

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In "Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography" colleagues and students honor Richard J.A. Talbert for his numerous contributions and influence on the fields of ancient history, political and social science, as well as cartography and geography. This collection of original and useful examinations is focused around the core theme of Talbert s work how ancient individuals and groups organized their world, through their institutions and geography. The first half of the book considers institutional history in chapters on such diverse topics as the Roman Senate, Roman provincial politics and administration, healing springs, gladiators, and soldiers. Chapters on the geography of Thucydides and Alexander III, imperial geography, tracking letters and using sundials round out the second half of the book."

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Writing, Memoirs, and Biography Where might Plutarch have found a statesman’s cursus? Roman historians did not usually trace the full cursus of a politician or commander. Even the more antiquarian-minded writers, such as Atticus in his Liber annalis and Nepos in his Chronica, seem to have listed the consuls and notable events, but not minor offices. Varro, the Republic’s greatest polymath, in his Imagines gave portraits of some 700 Greeks and Romans, beginning with the gods, but the epigrams

is an interesting reversal of what one might normally expect; notice that the senate, and not the emperor, is described as the “constitutional monarch” in this simile.50 Real power was vested in Augustus, and he, and only he, would determine what powers could safely be entrusted to the senators—and which ones he would have to retain in the interest of greater “efficiencies.” 46  Despite a late start in Latin and Greek, Buchan was fortunate to study in Glasgow under Gilbert Murray, who became a

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(no. 1). 13  See cil 4.2508 = Sabbatini Tumolesi (1980) 71–4 (no. 32) = Fora (1996) 128 (no. 57) for Julian or Neronian training schools in or near Capua. It is likely that imperial names for schools became purely honorific, reflecting the connection between the staging of games and the imperial cult, see Meißner (1992) 172–78. 14  For Faustinus, see cil 4.2476 = Sabbatini Tumolesi (1980) 74–5 (no. 33), for Ampliatus, cil 4.1184 = Sabbatini Tumolesi (1980) 68 (no. 31). This is likely the same

Gladiators: Life in the Ludus 131 to number of appearances, wins, and general popularity. Gladiators training in the ludus who had yet to appear in public were dubbed tirones; those who had competed publicly were veterani.27 So it seems that in the ludus gladiators trained together at their stakes according to armature under the supervision of a specialist instructor and also senior gladiators (where present). In larger ludi, it would be possible for different gladiator-types to train

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