Crisis Management during the Roman Republic by Gregory K. Golden
The Role of Political Institutions in Emergencies

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'Crisis' is the defining word for our times and it likewise played a key role in defining the scope of government during the Roman Republic. This book is a comprehensive analysis of key incidents in the history of the Republic that can be characterized as crises, and the institutional response mechanisms that were employed by the governing apparatus to resolve them. Concentrating on military and other violent threats to the stability of the governing system, this book highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of the institutional framework that the Romans created. Looking at key historical moments, Gregory K. Golden considers how the Romans defined a crisis and what measures were taken to combat them, including declaring a state of emergency, suspending all non-war-related business, and instituting an emergency military draft, as well as resorting to rule by dictator in the early Republic.
 

About Gregory K. Golden

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Gregory K. Golden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. His research interests center on the political institutions of the Roman Republic and Empire and the roles they played in maintaining Roman power over a diverse and multicultural Mediterranean world. His current research focuses on the use of mass media, such as they existed in ancient times, by the Roman governing structures to communicate political messages as part of the means of maintaining control over their vast network of allies and subjects. He is the author of entries on 'states of emergency' and 'senatus consultum ultimum' for the forthcoming ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of Conflict in Greece and Rome.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Cambridge University Press. 265 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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