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THE DISABILITIES OF ROMAN CITIZENS

Another approach is to concentrate on Roman citizenship as a political phenomenon, usually with particular regard to the citizen in relation to the state and its authorities. This can follow two paths. So, for example, the emphasis of Sherwin-White (1973) is on the historical process of extension of the Roman citizenship, and his study is primarily concerned with the admission of communities or individuals from outside to share in Roman political life.

The actual workings of political institutions themselves, and the participation required of the individual citizen, can also be the object of study. Nicolet (1980) considers the adult male citizen only, and in three main areas of his participation in the public life of the state at Rome in the Republic: military, financial and fiscal, and comitial (i.e. electoral and legislative). He discusses the differences between individual citizens specifically in relation to these functions, and only briefly and generally.

This approach, obviously, is not one which can be continued in quite the same terms into the imperial period, after the decay

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vi
  • Abbreviations vii
  • 1 - The Disabilities of Roman Citizens 1
  • 2 - Birth: The Freedman’s Condition 7
  • 3 - Dependence: The Adult Child 52
  • 4 - Gender: The Independent Woman 85
  • 5 - Behaviour: Disgrace and Disrepute 110
  • 6 - Participation: The Handicapped Citizen 155
  • 7 - Conclusion: The Face-To-Face Society 179
  • Notes 192
  • Bibliography 232
  • Index 240
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