Presentation by T. P. Wiseman, Exeter University
Professor T.P. Wiseman’s talk is intended to counteract modern historians' very abstract conception of the Roman People. He will simply present some poetic texts, from Lucilius to Juvenal, as illustrations of life in the streets of Rome, with a little help from material remains in Pompeii and Herculaneum and the evidence, long neglected, of the urban 'gazette' known as acta populi. Ciceronian texts are also employed, to disprove the persistent but erroneous belief that the People took no active part in republican political life.
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