n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The Augustan 'purge' of the Senate and the census of 86 BC

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The carried out by Octavian and Agrippa in 28 BC is characterized as a 'purge' in most modern accounts. However, it is possible to show that the census of 86 was at least as severe, if not more drastic, than the one undertaken fifty-eight years later. The censorial pair of 28 may have been strict, but it is rather the less well remembered censorship of 86 which, by far, deserves to be described as a 'purge', along with all that word's sinister undertones.

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