Discourse of kingship in late Republican invective

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This chapter examines the anti-monarchical discourse that was indigenous to Rome since the expulsion of the kings. Through a study of the lexicographic range of the words rex (king) and regnum (kingship), it parses the accusations of 'regal aspirations' abounding in political writings of the late Republic. Although associated with the last Roman king, the 'tyrannical' Tarquin, these terms were not indicative of constitutional positions. Rather, in the rhetoric of faction politics, they suggest the traits of arrogance and rampant ambition. Thus refining our understanding of political discourse in the final years of the Republic, the chapter also paves the way for a new understanding of Julius Caesar's dictatorship and its critical assessment before and after his assassination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvil Lords
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Representations of Tyranny from Antiquity to the Renaissance
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780199394876
ISBN (Print)9780199394852
StatePublished - Aug 23 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Cicero
  • Julius Caesar
  • King
  • Late republic
  • Rome
  • Tyrant


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