Blood in the Forum: The Struggle for the Roman Republic by Pamela Marin

By Pamela Marin

In Blood within the Forum, Pamela Marin deals a clean and illuminating point of view at the complexities of the overdue Republic and the increase of Octavian. The e-book offers with how Roman politics, the will for private glory, and the inadequacies of the Republican process eventually resulted in Caesar's dictatorship.
Marin assigns a very important position to Cato the more youthful within the political narrative, which differs from traditional perspectives, yet makes it possible for a clearer figuring out of the allegiances of the civil struggle and the assassination of Caesar at the Ides of March forty four BCE. Drawing from the latest scholarship, this attractive narrative pulls the reader into the traditional Roman international, offering the tragedy of the Roman Republic in its actual light.

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A B L U E P R I N T F O R C I V I L WA R ? 31 In the ensuing riots, Tiberius encouraged the people to depose Octavius for not acting in the best wishes of the electorate, which was swiftly passed. Tiberius may have got his legislation, but at a grave cost – the manipulation of the political system to serve one person’s wishes would increasingly be considered as a viable option by many following, with disastrous results. In the end, however, the laws were passed. The three land commissioners appointed were Tiberius, his brother Gaius and Appius Claudius Pulcher (Tiberius’ father-in-law).

It was they who dealt with the tax collection in the provinces and were directly affected by the piracy threat, and who provided money and loans to all in Rome. There were some very negative comments about Brutus and his money-lending practices – not just because of his exorbitant interest rates, but largely because he was from the senatorial classes. Nevertheless, there was competition between the two groups, but in the race for senatorial dominance, those seeking political office employed numerous ways to achieve their goals.

If there weren’t delays or violent riots, some 44 individuals were elected every year for the main political offices. While the assemblies that elected these individuals are mentioned at length below, it might be interesting to compare modern and ancient representation. In many English-speaking countries, such as the UK, Ireland and the USA, elections take place every four to five years. In a country such as Ireland, there are 166 members of its parliament (or Oireachtas) for a population of four million (2006 census) with voting rights for a little over three million citizens.

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