By John Alexander Lobur
This e-book matters the connection among principles and tool within the genesis of the Roman empire. The self-justification of the 1st emperor throughout the consensus of the citizen physique limited him to stick to ‘legitimate’ and ‘traditional’ varieties of self-presentation. Lobur explores how those notions develop into explicated and reconfigured by way of the higher and quite often non-political sessions of Italy and Rome. The persistent turmoil skilled within the overdue republic formed the values and software of the imperial procedure; it molded the great and authoritative debts of Roman culture and background in a fashion that allowed the process to seem either conventional and old. This ebook additionally examines how shifts in rhetorical and historiographical practices facilitated the spreading and assimilation of shared principles that allowed the empire to cohere.
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108 The many strands explored in the preceding investigation come together here, and attest to the persistence of the Augustan exemplar: the princeps is a bringer of peace and tranquility who prevents civil war; his fame and reputation are tied to performative standards; his goal is to deserve the title parens patriae, and to continue to deserve it, just as Augustus described his own goals on receiving the appellation; consensus appears as the opposite of violent usurpation; the princeps is chosen for his position of unquestioned moral and personal supremacy by the prayers of the people and the judgment of the senate; the support of all of the separate orders is detailed.
94 Unfortunately, the papyrus breaks off mid-sentence at the crucial point. Nonetheless, Augustus scrupulously details the constitutional and nonconstitutional support that bolstered the position of his son-in-law. Roman Consensus and the Founding of the Principate 27 Though the measure would have been duly passed in an assembly of the people, he emphasizes the role of the senate in the conferral of tribunicia potestas ex senatus consulto. 96 Finally, however, Augustus explicitly contrasts () the strictly legal equality of Agrippa’s imperium with a wider, extra-constitutional consensus that set him apart and above his colleagues (a position clearly analogous to the last sentence of RG 34).
105 In this scene, the character Seneca adjures his protégé to be a just ruler sensitive to the consensus of his people (ll. 459–60): Nero: Let them obey my orders. Seneca: Order just commands— Nero: I myself shall decide. 472–91): It is a beautiful thing to tower amongst illustrious men, to take counsel for the fatherland, to spare the downtrodden, to abstain from mad slaughter, and to give delay to anger, tranquility to the world and peace to one’s time. This is the summit of virtue, by this path one seeks heaven.
Consensus, Concordia and the Formation of Roman Imperial Ideology (Studies in Classics) by John Alexander Lobur