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Deceit And The Struggle For Roman Franchise In Italy

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Italy under the Roman Republic was subject to complex systems for determining civic status, legal rights, and the use of the land. Civic status had direct implications for the individual in terms of legal rights and capacity to participate in Roman political life. This chapter investigates different examples of deceit associated with the Roman franchise in Italy. It also investigates an examples of deceit on both sides; on the one hand, it will identify attempts to gain citizenship (or some of the privileges of citizenship) through deception by Italians and on the other deceitful acts by members of the Roman elite. There was often a great gap between what was promised and what was delivered on the issue of citizenship in Italy. In the second century BCE there are a number of examples of individuals and groups attempting to exploit participation in Roman colonial projects.

Keywords: civic status; Italy; legal rights; Roman colonial projects; Roman franchise



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