<i>Decem Legati</i>: A Flexible Institution, Rigidly Perceived

Liv Mariah Yarrow

in Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600755
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738791 | DOI:
Decem Legati: A Flexible Institution, Rigidly Perceived

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This chapter considers the evidence for the use of boards of ten commissions in the period after 146 bc and compares these later instances with those better know legations of the late third and early second centuries. It concludes that there is no strong break in Roman constitutional practice, but instead that the institution was adapted throughout its history to suit individual circumstances. The evidence from Cicero, Plutarch, and Cassius Dio regarding the legates sent to Lucullus during the Mithridatic War is central to the arguement. The lex Rupilia as presented in Cicero's Verrines further illustrates the Romans own conception of the institution.

Keywords: Boards of Ten; Cicero; constitutional history; legates; Roman imperialism

Chapter.  7174 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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