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Booty and the Roman Assembly in 264 B.C.

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This paper looks at the Roman decision to aid the Mamertines in 264. In light of Polybius' statement that it was promises of booty which swayed the war-weary voters in favour of war, I examine the possible make-up of the assembly. The prospect of riches was most likely to motivate those soldiers who were already enrolled in the legions and knew they would take part in the campaign, and I suggest that the consul stacked the assembly with his own troops in order to make a vote for war more likely.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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