From Republic to Empire

Clifford Ando

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

From Republic to Empire

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This article outlines the transformation of Rome from a republic to an empire. It looks at the attempts to diagnose the problems of the Roman Republic and examines the understandings of the crisis of the late republic that were developed under the principate. Finally, it studies the early principate and argues that the histories of power and politics joined to create new forms of subjectivity and new expressions of political engagement.

Keywords: republic; empire; problems; principate; power and politics; political engagement

Article.  15195 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History ; Historical Archaeology

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