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Brendan D. Nagle
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)

The Failure of the Roman Political Process in 133 BC and Outbreak of Gracchan Revolution

New interpretation of the events of 133 BC in Rome, based in part on new viewpoints and in part on recent archeological discoveries. In 133 BC, Tiberius Gracchus returned to Rome after his army surrendered to the Carthaginians in Spain and introduced a program to divide the public land of Rome among the poor which has always been interpreted as a major turning point in the downfall of the Republic. However, no one has ever been able to explain why for the first time in Rome's history a series of political issues became insoluble by political means and why a sizeable group of her politicians chose to look outside exisiting structures for solutions. Fellow indicated that the political machinery of Rome--especially the vagaries of the Roman calendar which allowed legislation to take place only on certain days--proved itself inadequate to cope with the problems raised by war and social change.

Project fields:
History, General

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$7,500 (approved)
$7,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1970 – 1/31/1971