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Ronald Syme and Federico Santangelo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767060.001.0001

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The Gay Sempronia

The Gay Sempronia

(p.173) 18 The Gay Sempronia
Approaching the Roman Revolution

Ronald Syme

Oxford University Press

This paper provides a study of the identity of Sempronia, the noblewoman that plays a distinctive role in Sallust’s account of the conspiracy of Catilina. The reasons for Sallust’s interest in this character are explored, and are discussed against the background of the political role of the Sempronii in the late Republican period. Various hypotheses are canvassed on the family background of Sempronia, as well as on the identity of her descendants and the political role that they may have played in Sallust’s time. Some discussion is also devoted to the character of another noblewoman in Catiline’s War, Fulvia, and her possible connection with Sempronia.

Keywords:   Roman history, Roman Republic, Cicero, Roman politics, prosopography, social history, Sallust, historiography

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