Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic Hardback
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Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic
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It discusses how the practice of divination changed at a time of great political and social change and explores the evidence for a critical reflection and debate on the limits of divination and prediction in the second and first centuries BC. Divination was a central feature in the workings of the Roman government and this book explores the ways in which it changed under the pressure of factors of socio-political complexity and disruption. It discusses the ways in which the problem of the prediction of the future is constructed in the literature of the period.
Finally, it explores the impact that the emergence of the Augustan regime had on the place of divination in Rome and the role that divinatory themes had in shaping the ideology of the new regime.
• Provides a comprehensive discussion of Roman divination in the late Republic and early Principate
• Discusses divination against the backdrop of wider intellectual developments
• Engages with a wide range of Continental European scholarship, to present readers with a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the topic
Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic by Federico Santangelo was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2013. The ISBN for Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic is 9781107026841.
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Introduction – the power of signs
1. The De diuinatione in context
2. The terms of the debate
3. Fringe divination?
4. The haruspices and the rise of prophecy
5. Etruscan ages and the end of the Republic
6. Alien sooth: the Sibylline Books
7. Wild prophecies
8. Foresight, prediction, and decline in Cicero's correspondence
9. Between fortune and virtue: Sallust and the decline of Rome
10. Divination, religious change, and the future of Rome in Livy
11. Signs and prophecies in Virgil
12. The rise of monarchy
Envoi – away from the future
Appendix 1. Mark Antony and the election of Dolabella
Appendix 2. Glossary.
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|Page last updated||25th February 2017|
|Author / Artist||Federico Santangelo|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press (May 2013)|
|Number of Pages||370|