New PDF release: Actors and Audience in the Roman Courtroom (Monographs in

By Leanne Bablitz

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ISBN-13: 9780203946770

ISBN-10: 0415427606

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What may you spot when you attended an ordeal in a court within the early Roman empire? What was once the behaviour of litigants, advocates, judges and viewers? It was once wide-spread for Roman members out of common curiosity to wait some of the courts held in public locations within the urban centre and as such, the Roman courts held an enormous place within the Roman neighborhood on a sociological point in addition to a litigious one. This ebook considers many features of Roman courts within the first centuries advert, either civil and legal, and illuminates the interplay of Romans of each social workforce. Actors and viewers within the Roman court is a necessary source for classes on Roman social background and Roman legislation as a old phenomenon.

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As their number could apparently fluctuate greatly, the overall number of people present at the emperor’s court could also vary widely. Other possible factors may also have determined the amount of space required for the emperor’s court. The size of the general audience in attendance could have been a factor, although difficulties of interpretation quickly arise. 175 On one occasion, as we saw, the crowd surrounding Claudius’ tribunal in the Forum Romanum was large enough to drive him from it into a corner of the Forum; however, this crowd panicked by ill omens and famine seems not to have been attending 38 T H E L O C AT I O N O F L E G A L A C T I V I T I E S I N R O M E the legal hearings specifically, but rather to have descended upon the emperor in an accessible location.

Presumably, some participants wished for as much public attention as possible and would have resisted such a location. The most likely alternative sites to suggest for such hearings are again the large public spaces of Rome, particularly the fora. It is likely that the Forum of Augustus did not host private hearings. Suetonius’ statement that all public trials were to be held there suggests that a line was drawn between the two jurisdictions even though the praetor urbanus and the praetor peregrinus dealt with both private and public matters.

It is likely, therefore, that these courts moved from the Forum Romanum to the Forum of Augustus in approximately 2 BC. Quite a large space would have been needed since each of the quaestiones included a panel of possibly 45 judges under the general supervision of the presiding praetor. As the praetor urbanus and the praetor peregrinus occupied the exedrae, the quaestiones likely took advantage of the vast open area of the forum, weather permitting. In poor conditions, the courts may have crowded into the porticoes, which would have been somewhat less accommodating for groups of that size.

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