n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Popular in the provinces? Apropos of Tac. Ann. 1.2.2
|Article Title||Popular in the provinces? Apropos of Tac. Ann. 1.2.2|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1994|
|Pages||49 - 65|
'Besides, the new order was popular in the provinces'. This is what Tacitus says, in Michael Grant's Penguin translation, about the change from Republic to Empire at the beginning of his Annals. Then he goes on to give the reasons: 'There, government by Senate and People was looked upon sceptically as a matter of sparring dignitaries and extortionate officials. The legal system had provided no remedy against these, since it was wholly incapacitated by violence, favouritism, and - most of all - bribery'.
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