This volume aims to address the question of political communication in the Roman world. It draws upon social sciences and the current trend for the historical study of political communication.
The book tackles three main problems: What constitutes political communication in the Roman world? In what ways could information be transmitted and represented? What mechanisms made political communication successful or unsuccessful?
This edited volume covers questions like speech and mechanisms of political communication, political communication at a distance, bottom-up communication, failure of communication and representation of political communication.
It will be of help to specialists in the Roman world, but also to students and researchers of political sciences, and specialists of political communication in pre-industrial times.
Cristina Rosillo-López, Ph.D. (2005) is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. She has published articles and monographs about the Late Republic, including
La corruption à la fin de la République romaine (Historia Einzelschriften, 2010) and
Public Opinion and Politics in the Late Roman Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Contributors are: Henriette van der Blom, Juan Manuel Cortés Copete, Cyril Courrier, Antonio Duplá Ansuategui, Martin Jehne, Julio Cesar Magalhães de Oliveira, Rosario Moreno Soldevila, Francisco Pina Polo, Cristina Rosillo-López, Catherine Steel, Jeffrey Tatum.
Given the increasing interest in the transmission and impact of political speech and rhetoric, this edited volume of papers on ''political communication in the Roman world'' is a welcome publication for those who study the cultural, social, and political history of Republican and Imperial Rome, and it will surely promote further research, as well as discussion and debate'' Moysés Marcos,
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.04.38
Table of contents
List of Contributors
Introduction Cristina Rosillo-López
Part 1: Speech and Mechanisms of Political Communication
Defining Public Speech in the Roman Republic: Occasion, Audience and Purpose Catherine Steel
Informal Conversations between Senators in the Late Roman Republic Cristina Rosillo-López
Part 2: Political Communication at a Distance
Intermediaries in Political Communication: Adlegatio and its Uses W. Jeffrey Tatum
Circulation of Information in Cicero’s Correspondence of the Years 59–58 BC Francisco Pina Polo
Governing by Dispatching Letters: The Hadrianic Chancellery Juan Manuel Cortés-Copete
Part 3: Political Communication, a Bottom-up Approach
The Roman Plebs and Rumour: Social Interactions and Political Communication in the Early Principate Cyril Courrier
The Emperor is Dead! Rumours, Protests, and Political Opportunities in Late Antiquity Julio Cesar Magalhães de Oliveira
Part 4: Failure of Political Communication
Incitement to Violence in Late Republican Political Oratory Antonio Duplá Ansuategui
Why the Anti-Caesarians Failed: Political Communication on the Eve of Civil War (51 to 49 BC) Martin Jehne
Part 5: Representations of Political Communication
The Reception of Republican Political Communication: Tacitus’ Choice of Exemplary Republican Orators in Context Henriette van der Blom
Retouching a Self-portrait (Or How to Adapt One’s Image in Times of Political Change): The Case of Martial in the Light of Pliny the Younger Rosario Moreno Soldevila