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Sorting out the lot in Republican Rome

Rosenstein, Nathan

American Journal of Philology, Spring, 1995, Vol.116(1), p.43(33) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Sorting out the lot in Republican Rome
  • Autor: Rosenstein, Nathan
  • Assuntos: Roman Civilization ; Public Officials ; Lotteries ; Apportionment ; Republican Party
  • É parte de: American Journal of Philology, Spring, 1995, Vol.116(1), p.43(33)
  • Descrição: The aristoctractic and political elite settled disputes on appointments and distribution of property by relying on a casting of lots. Sortitions allowed the leaders to compete for a desired public office by assuming that each one would be equally qualified for the position. Thus, individual ambitions were restrained so that the elite could be considered as acting cooperatively. The casting of lots was given legitimacy by associating it with religious pactice in which divine decisions were meted out in a fair manner.

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