Ceremony and Power

Ceremony and Power

Performing Politics in Rome Between Republic and Empire

eBook - 2005
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In Ceremony and Power , Geoffrey Sumi is concerned with the relationship between political power and public ceremonial in the Roman Republic, with particular focus on the critical months following Caesar's assassination and later as Augustus became the first emperor of Rome. The book traces the use of a variety of public ceremonies, including assemblies of the people, triumphs, funerals, and games, as a means for politicians in this period of instability and transition to shape their public images and consolidate their power and prestige. Ultimately, Sumi shows that the will of the people, whether they were the electorate assembled at the comitia, the citizen body at the contio, the spectators at the theater, the crowd at the triumph, or mourners at a funeral, strongly influenced the decisions and actions of Roman aristocrats.
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2005.
ISBN: 0472115170
9780472115174
0472025929
9780472025923
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 360 pages :) illustrations ;
Additional Contributors: Project Muse

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