n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Popular in the provinces? Apropos of Tac. . 1.2.2

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'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 . 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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