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Julius CaesarThe People's Dictator$
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Luciano Canfora

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619368

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.001.0001

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The Political Market

The Political Market

(p.33) Chapter 6 The Political Market
Julius Caesar
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Edinburgh University Press

Rome has a long history of electoral corruption. To a great moralist like Sallust the problem of political corruption was a fundamental feature of Roman political life and took pride of place in his historical writing. Forms of corruption include electoral pacts between candidates, shameless exploitation of the provinces, and extortion (an important aspect of the exploitation). Extortion became such a widespread phenomenon that a special tribunal was needed to deal with it, this being the first case in Roman law of a tribunal dedicated to combating a single crime.

Keywords:   elections, Roman politics, votes, political corruption, extortion, exploitation, Rome, Sallust, Roman law

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