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Orality and the politics of roman peacemaking

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Before we condemn the Romans as overly naive in their approach to peace making, we need to understand the role played by orality in the ceremonial procedures that sealed peace-making agreements. Politics entered into these orally formed agreements with a struggle between the senate and the commander in the field over who had the power to make decisions on war and peace. The politics of orality caused a shift in responsibility for peace from the individual general to the senate. Major wars were ended without deditio. Neither Hannibal nor Antiochus III made a formal act of unconditional surrender to a Roman general. This round of the political battle between imperium and auctoritas was won by the senate; but the generals in the following century found new and different ways to reassert the power of imperium.

Keywords: auctoritas; deditio; imperium; individual general; Orality; peace-making agreements; Politics; politics of orality; Roman Peacemaking; Romans



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