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The Voting Districts of the Roman Republic

The Thirty-five Urban and Rural Tribes
Lily Ross Taylor
With updated material by Jerzy Linderski
An indispensable tool for serious work on the Roman Republic

Description

Fundamental to an understanding of the Roman Republic is comprehension of the tribal system employed to organize citizens. Used first for the census, raising an army, and tax collection, tribes later became voting districts for the election of magistrates. Voting districts were distributed geographically in and around the city of Rome and eventually throughout the Italian countryside, and they have been studied through evidence largely textual and epigraphical.

In this volume, first published in 1960, evidence is adduced to locate and describe the tribes' locations. In his major new update, Lily Ross Taylor's disciple and scholarly follower Jerzy Linderski brings forward new evidence resolving earlier cruces, updates the lengthy bibliography on voting districts, and situates this invaluable work in its historical perspective.

"As never before, one can see the Roman political system in Italy at work."
 —American Historical Review

"Professor Taylor has made easily available a mass of detailed information on many complex issues of fundamental importance to an understanding of Republican political life. Her book will long be an indispensable research tool for any serious work on the public life of the Roman Republic."
Phoenix

"This long-awaited work is, after Broughton's MRR, the most important book for the historian of the Roman Republic that has appeared in English since the war."
Journal of Roman Studies

Jacket image: Coin of L. Cassius Longinus in 63 (Crawford, RRC, no. 413) (only issue of this moneyer). Private collection, published with permission.

Lily Ross Taylor was Professor of Classics at Bryn Mawr College and recipient of the American Philological Association's Award of Merit.

Jerzy Linderski is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Praise / Awards

  • "As never before, one can see the Roman political system in Italy at work."
    American Historical Review
  • "This long-awaited work is, after Broughton's MRR, the most important book for the historian of the Roman Republic that has appeared in English since the war."
    Journal of Roman Studies
  • "[Taylor's] work in this area is still of vital importance to every student of the Roman Republic, and Linderski’s commentary and synthesis of new evidence will itself prove to be essential reading for anyone pursuing research on the tribes, the constitution of the Roman Republic, or any area of Roman society in the Republican period."
    -Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 448pp.
  • 4 maps.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 2013
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-11869-4

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