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By Penelope J. E. Davies

structure and Politics in Republican Rome is the 1st booklet to discover the intersection among Roman Republican development practices and politics (c.509–44 BCE). in the beginning of the interval, architectural commissions have been rigorously managed by means of the political process; via the top, constructions have been so greatly exploited and so rhetorically strong that Cassius Dio pointed out abuse of visible tradition one of the purposes that propelled Julius Caesar's colleagues to homicide him with a view to protect the Republic. In an enticing and wide-ranging textual content, Penelope J. E. Davies lines the adventure among those issues, as politicians constructed innovations to manoeuver in the system's constraints. She additionally explores the city improvement and photo of Rome, starting off formal elements of other forms of structure and technological advances resembling the mastery of concrete. Elucidating a wealthy corpus of constructions which were poorly comprehend, Davies demonstrates that Republican structure was once even more than a proper precursor to that of imperial Rome.

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