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

December 2, 2020
The Consul at Rome: The Civil Functions of the Consuls in the Roman Republic

In modern times there have been studies of the Roman Republicaninstitutions 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, thehighest magistracy of the Roman Republic, has not received the sameattention from scholars. The purpose of this book is to analyse thetasks that consuls performed in the civil sphere during their termof office between the years 367 and 50 BC, using the preservedancient sources as its basis. In short, it is a study of theconsuls 'at work', both within and outside the city of Rome, insuch varied fields as religion, diplomacy, legislation,jurisdiction, colonisation, elections, and day-to-day politics.Clearly and accessibly written, it will provide an indispensablereference work for all scholars and students of the history of theRoman Republic.