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The Political Market

Edited by Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer

in Julius Caesar

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619368
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670734 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0006
The Political Market

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Rome has a long history of electoral corruption. To a great moralist like Sallust the problem of political corruption was a fundamental feature of Roman political life and took pride of place in his historical writing. Forms of corruption include electoral pacts between candidates, shameless exploitation of the provinces, and extortion (an important aspect of the exploitation). Extortion became such a widespread phenomenon that a special tribunal was needed to deal with it, this being the first case in Roman law of a tribunal dedicated to combating a single crime.

Keywords: elections; Roman politics; votes; political corruption; extortion; exploitation; Rome; Sallust; Roman law

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Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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