Rumour and communication in Roman politics

Ray Laurence*

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Recently there has been considerable debate about the nature of popular politics in the Roman Republic. This debate has demonstrated that the Roman citizen was actively involved in voting, and made conscious decisions about which candidate he should vote for at elections, and whether to vote for or against a bill at the meetings of the comitia. The results of elections and voting assemblies would seem to have been dependent upon the attendance and voting behaviour of Roman citizens. These two factors would vary according to the views and opinions of the individual citizen. This paper addresses the issue of how these views and opinions were formulated, with particular reference to the participation of Roman citizens in popular politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-74
Number of pages13
JournalGreece and Rome
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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