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Jan. 18th Lecture

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Erik Gunderson

CLA 233 - Jan. 18th Lecture Livy is asking who the romans are and where did they come from, history as a story, characters, themes, plots, Livy archives other possible versions of Romes history, Roman expansion to the south - vs. Carthage, three major wars (punic wars) 264- 241, 218-201, 149-146, Eastern Front - Greece and Egypt, Macedonian wars, liberating the Greeks, Ptolemies supported by Rome, land in Asia minor bequeathed to Rome, Northern and Western Fronts - Spain, Gaul, Gallic wars in 58-51 (Caesar is general) Livy believes we can learn valuable lessons from the history of rome, archaic rome - aristocratic, division of tribes, populus is conceived of as a fighting organization, the people of rome means the armed citizens of rome to romans, patriarchal aristocracy, closed, monopoly over family includes slaves, clients, patron controls the family, clients will receive financial support from their patrons in exchange for political support, patron defends the client in court, 10 to 1 plus ratio of patrons to clients, every citizen is a voter, someone running for office with a lot of clients is a good position, comitia curiata - archaic, patricians organized into curiae, had exclusive power to grant imperium, a vestigal assembly in the republic ratify decisions, comitia centuriata - the army assembly, overseen by the consuls, divided by property, heavily weighted towards the rich, unequal distributions of members in each century, comitia tributaconcilium plebis - the tribal assembly, overseen by the tribunes, 35 tribes, 4 urban, legislative powers, the most democratic element of the republican constitution Livy Book I -
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