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Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History Hardcover – December 31, 2004
Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint
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The first three are of failed, or betrayed, conspiracies:
Catiline's conspiracy to assassinate two Roman consuls after he was disqualified from office for electoral bribery, betrayed by Fulvia (a woman), as told by Sallust 20 years after the fact (called the Catilinarian Conspiracy); the Bacchic religious cult's threat of a counter state as betrayed by another woman Hispala, as told by Livy 100 years afterwards, called the Baccanalian Conspiracy; and the aborted plot by Piso against Nero betrayed by Epicharis (a woman), as related by Tacitus, called the Pisonian Conspiracy written 100 years from the event. In each case women were the betrayers of the failed plots, thereby thwarting conspiracies and preserving the political status quo.
The last two stories are about successful conspiracies: the assassination of Caligula by three conspirators as told by Josephus whereby the actress Quintilia was tortured for not revealing the plot; and the assassination of Julius Caesar by a cabal of Roman Senators led by Brutus whose wife showed her loyalty to keep the plot secret by intentionally cutting herself to show she was prepared to endure pain rather than reveal the plot, as told by Appian.
This work is feminist in the best, non-politically correct, use of the term. The book is enhanced by the author's acute perception of the role of women and slaves in channeling secrets to those in power. This is the first study of Roman political conspiracies.Read more ›