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Spectacular Power in the Greek and Roman City$
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Andrew Bell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242344.001.0001

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Elephants and Citizens

Elephants and Citizens

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Spectacular Power in the Greek and Roman City

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This chapter considers the importation of megalomaniacal majesty into the Roman Republic. Over time, kingly conceit became more conspicuous in Rome, and particularly at times of communal festivity. In contrast to the manner in which the behaviour of kings such as Philadelphus or Epiphanes is remembered, there is rather more information in Roman sources about the sentiments of the urban audience, as is seen in reports about the employment of animals in order to advertise personal greatness.

Keywords:   Roman Republic, megalomania, kings, Pompey the Great, elephants, Romans

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