Aristocratic Values in Republican Rome

Presented by Nathan Rosenstein, Professor of History at The Ohio State University to the Clio Society in 2012.
Many people have evoked—but have not always fully understood-- the Republican values of ancient Rome, the Founding Fathers of our own republic among them. Professor Nathan Rosenstein will discuss these republican values as seen by the Romans themselves, and will consider the long-term strengths and weaknesses of those values.
Nathan Rosenstein has been a member of the Department of History at Ohio State since 1986. He is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient Rome, including Rome and the Mediterranean, 290-146 B.C.: The Imperial Republic; A Companion to the Roman Republic; Rome At War: Farms, Families, and Death in the Middle Republic; and Imperatores Victi: Military Defeat and Aristocratic Competition in the Middle and Late Republic. Professor Rosenstein was the 2011 recipient of the The Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching in the Department of History.

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