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Citizen or Subject? The Exercise of Political Power by the People of Rome from 133 B.C. to 80 B.C.

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Title: Citizen or Subject? The Exercise of Political Power by the People of Rome from 133 B.C. to 80 B.C.
Authors: Nakamoto, Pat
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: A thorough familiarization, or even a cursory understanding of the history of the human race, will reveal, undoubtedly, the distinction between ancient and modern history. Modern history is closer to us temporally, geographically, and in the nature of their social characteristics. We may readily assess and surmise the actions, thoughts and perhaps motives, of the men and women of the last half-century with greater accuracy, than those of the people 2,500 years ago. The time element often severs whatever link we may have with our fellow men of years gone by. Geographically the earth remains considerably stable and retains much of the basic climatical and terrestrial attributes that a couple of millenniums cannot erase, even though man physically alters, constructs and destroys his physical surroundings. Nature, too, has wrought great changes on the globe. But the thoughts and feelings of a people--the character of a people--is subject to the diminutive forces of time, change and death. What little conception a student may have of a long dead race of mankind is probably derived from fragmentary archeological pieces of a culture obliterated perhaps beyond recognition, and the literary or artistic attempts of their men salvaged from the blight of time. Ideally, we may conclude that the human element, like its geographical counterpart, is basically immutable, riveted sturdily against the ways of destruction. We flatter ourselves into believing the ineradicability and obstinacy of the fundamental humanity of man. Perhaps this fundamental humanity is merely man’s conduct to each other through history.
Pages/Duration: 152 pages
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