CCANESA / Classics and Ancient History seminar: Constitutional innovation during the Second Punic War
Associate Professor Frederik Vervaet | University of Melbourne
Constitutional innovation during the Second Punic War (218-201 BCE): some unintended consequences
Classics and Ancient History/CCANESA Online Seminar
The severe crises and challenges of the Second Punic War (218-201 BCE) prompted the traditionally conservative Roman Senate to introduce several institutional innovations, some ad hoc, for a single purpose, others eventually becoming structural fixtures of the republican machinery of state. This paper endeavors to single out and discuss those novelties that would have significant if unintended consequences in the late Republic, as they served as precedents for some of the most contested extraordinary empowerments arrogated by a number of autocratic strongmen, from Sulla Felix to Augustus Caesar.
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10 June 2021, 4:00 for 4:15pm
Seminar Series convenors:
Louise Pryke and Emma Barlow
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The Department of Classics and Ancient History is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).