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Archive Authors Civic Polity E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene

Prosperity and Brutality

Seneca the Younger, in De brevitate vitae (“On the Shortness of Life”), claims that, as the Romans became more prosperous, they refined their public displays of violence to greater and greater degrees of brutality. He speaks in particular here of the methods of Pompey the Great. The Romans would of course continue on this path […]