This book analyses senatorial political conversations and illuminates the oral aspects of Roman politics; it offers a new perspective of Roman politics through the proxy of conversations and meetings.
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We are familiar with the notion that the Roman political world of the Late Republic included lofty speeches and sessions of the Senate, but also need to remember that another important aspect of Late-Republican politics revolved around senators talking among themselves, chatting off in the corner. This book intends to analyse senatorial political conversations and illuminate the oral aspects of Roman politics. It argues that Roman senators and their entourages met in
person to have conversations in which they discussed politics, circulated political information and negotiated strategies; this extra-institutional sphere had a relevant impact both on politics and institutions as well as determined how the Roman Republic functioned.
Political Conversations in Ciceronian Rome offers a new perspective of Roman politics through the proxy of conversations and meetings. Orality has represented an important component in analysis of Roman institutions: oratory before the people in assemblies and contiones, addresses and discussions in the Senate, speeches in the law courts. Orality was also crucial in rumours and public opinion. The present research posits that in Rome oral was the default mode of communication in
politics, especially outside institutions. Only when they could not reach each other in person, Roman senators and their peers resorted to letters. It posits that the study of politics should not be restricted to the senatorial group, but that other persons should be considered as important actors with their own
agency (albeit in different degrees), such as freedmen and elite women.