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By Kit Morrell

Provincial governance below the Roman republic has lengthy been infamous for its corrupt officers and grasping tax-farmers, although this can be faraway from being the full tale. This publication demanding situations the conventional photograph, contending that major overdue republican electorate have been extra focused on the issues in their empire than is mostly well-known, and took potent steps to deal with them.

Attempts to enhance provincial governance over the interval 70-50 BC are tested intensive, with a specific concentrate on the contributions of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey) and the more youthful Marcus Porcius Cato. those efforts ranged well past the sanctions of the extortion legislations, encompassing express trials and version governors, and drawing on rules of ethical philosophy. In 52-50 BC they culminated in a coordinated reform programme which mixed far-sighted administrative swap with a concerted
attempt to remodel the ethos of provincial governance: the union of what Cicero referred to as 'Cato's coverage' of moral governance with Pompey's lex de provinciis, a legislation which remodeled the very nature of provincial command.

Though extra everyday as political rivals, Pompey and Cato have been united of their curiosity in stable governance and have been able to operating along one another to impact confident switch. This e-book demonstrates that it used to be their eventual collaboration, within the overdue 50s BC, that produced the republic's most vital programme of provincial reform. within the method, it deals a brand new standpoint on those key figures in addition to an enriched knowing of provincial governance within the overdue Roman
republic.

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Pompey, Cato, and the Governance of the Roman Empire

Provincial governance below the Roman republic has lengthy been infamous for its corrupt officers and grasping tax-farmers, although this is often faraway from being the total tale. This ebook demanding situations the normal photo, contending that best overdue republican voters have been extra interested in the issues in their empire than is usually well-known, and took potent steps to handle them.

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