Law and Religion in the Roman Republic by Olga Tellegen-Couperus

By Olga Tellegen-Couperus

Over the last 200 plus years, scholarship has trendy Roman legislation for being the 1st self reliant criminal technological know-how in background. This biased view has obscured the truth that, regularly, legislations used to be heavily hooked up to faith and remained so good into the Empire. construction on numerous assets epigraphic, criminal, literary, and numismatic this e-book discloses how legislations and faith shared an identical buyers (magistrates and monks) and a typical objective (to take care of lifes uncertainties), and the way, from the 3rd century B.C., they underwent a technique of clarification. this day, Roman legislations and faith deserve our admiration simply because jointly they supported and consolidated the transforming into strength of Rome.

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Vilicus] haruspicem, augurem, hariolum, Chaldaeum nequem consuluisse uelit. Cf. g. . For a recent reconsideration of the place of astrology in Roman society, see Pauline Ripat, “Expelling Misconceptions: Astrologers at Rome”, Classical Philology  (), pp. –. 4 The role of similar divinatory practices in reaching legal decisions has been noticed in other cultural contexts. 5 It would be misguided to dismiss the ordeal as a pagan practice, or one that is confined to exotic scenarios.

20 Cicero does not refer to it in the De divinatione, and the discussion of augural science is closed by a quick promise to deal with the problem more fully on another occasion; this probably means that the treatise was still unpublished in  bc, or even that it had yet to be written. . On the late Republican literature on augury and auspices see Harries, Cicero and the Jurists, pp. –.  (written from Laodicea in  bc). . –. Atticus: sed est in conlegio vestro inter Marcellum et Appium optimos augures magna dissensio—nam eorum ego in libros incidi—, cum alteri placeat auspicia ista ad utilitatem esse rei publicae composita, alteri disciplina vestra quasi divinari videatur posse.

Pp. –. 10 Dotson, “Divination and Law,” p. . 11 On the role of the lot in Republican Rome, cf. Nathan Rosenstein, “Sorting Out the Lot in Republican Rome,” American Journal of Philology  (), pp. – and Roberta Stewart, Public Office in Early Rome. Ritual Procedure and Political Practice (Ann Arbor, ), pp. –. law and divination in the late roman republic  under discussion. The terminology used in divinatory contexts is the same as that used in secular juridical contexts.

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