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Virtus Romana: Politics and Morality in the Roman Historians

Catalina Balmaceda


The political transformation that took place at the end of the Roman Republic was a particularly rich area for historical analysis. The crisis that saw the end of the Roman Republic and the changes which gave birth to a new political system were narrated by major Roman historians who took the Roman idea of virtus as a way of interpreting and understanding their history. Tracing how virtus informed Roman thought over time, the book explores the concept and its manifestations in the narratives of four successive Latin historians who span the late republic and early principate: Sallust, Livy, Vel ... More

Keywords: Roman historiography, concept of virtus, Sallust, Livy, Velleius, Tacitus, Roman republic, early empire, political change, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635125
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catalina Balmaceda, author
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile