The Military Consilium in Republican Rome...


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Author  Pamela Delia Johnston
Publisher  Gorgias Press LLC
Publication Date   June 5, 2008
ISBN  1593333730
Pages  172

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The consilium, or advisory council, played an important role in the everyday activities of the Roman magistrate in his role as military commander. This work is an in-depth look at the commander's consilium from its first depicted appearances in the accounts of the legendary period to 31 BC. The concilium adapted to meet changing needs and serves to illustrate how Romans felt about their own society. The role of the commander's consilium can be seen as a pragmatic compromise between the desire for competent leadership and personal ambition on the one hand, and the Romans' ever-present fear of tyrannical behavior on the other hand.

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