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The Consul at Rome The Civil Functions of the Consuls in the Roman Republic by Francisco (Universidad de Zaragoza) Pina Polo

The Consul at Rome The Civil Functions of the Consuls in the Roman Republic


The Consul at Rome The Civil Functions of the Consuls in the Roman Republic by Francisco (Universidad de Zaragoza) Pina Polo

In modern times there have been studies of the Roman Republican institutions as a whole as well as in-depth analyses of the senate, the popular assemblies, the tribunate of the plebs, the aedileship, the praetorship and the censorship. However, the consulship, the highest magistracy of the Roman Republic, has not received the same attention from scholars. The purpose of this book is to analyse the tasks that consuls performed in the civil sphere during their term of office between the years 367 and 50 BC, using the preserved ancient sources as its basis. In short, it is a study of the consuls 'at work', both within and outside the city of Rome, in such varied fields as religion, diplomacy, legislation, jurisdiction, colonisation, elections, and day-to-day politics. Clearly and accessibly written, it will provide an indispensable reference work for all scholars and students of the history of the Roman Republic.

About the Author

Francisco Pina Polo is Professor of Ancient History at the Departamento Ciencias Antiguedad at the Universidad de Zaragoza. He is co-editor of Coloquios de Historia Antigua Universidad de Zaragoza (I, 2001; II, 2003; III, 2005; IV, 2007; V, 2009), and recent books include Marco Tulio Ciceron (2005).

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Publication date

26th June 2014


Francisco (Universidad de Zaragoza) Pina Polo

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Cambridge University Press


390 pages


European history



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