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    Political conversations in the late republican Rome
    (Oxford University Press, 2022) Rosillo López, Cristina
    Political Conversations in Ciceronian Rome offers for the first time a perspective of Roman politics through the proxy of conversations and meetings. In Rome oral was the default mode of communication in politics: oratory before the people in assemblies, addresses and discussions in the Senate, speeches in the law courts, rumours, and public opinion. We are familiar with the notion that the Roman political world of the Late Republic included lofty speeches and sessions of the Senate, but an important aspect of Late-Republican politics revolved around senators talking among themselves, chatting off in the corner. Only when they could not reach each other in person, Roman senators and their peers resorted to letters. This book intends to analyse political conversations and illuminate the oral dimension of Roman politics. It posits that the study of politics should not be restricted to the senatorial group, but that other persons should be considered as important political actors with their own agency (albeit in different degrees), such as freedmen and elite women. It argues that Roman senators and their entourages met in person to have conversations in which they discussed politics, circulated political information and negotiated strategies; this extra-institutional sphere had a relevant impact both on politics and institutions as well as determined how the Roman Republic functioned.
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    Political participation and the identification of politicians in the Late Roman Republic
    (Cambridge University Press, 2018) Rosillo López, Cristina
    The engagement of Roman citizens in politics has been a much debated issue. Scholars have tried to measure it by calculating the number of people who voted, or who attended the contiones. However, with the state of the sources, quantification can be unreliable or, in some cases, an educated guess. This paper proposes a possible alternative way of identifying popular interest in Late Republican politics. Did Roman people usually recognise politicians physically or by name? Cicero was shocked when, back from what he thought a glorious quaestorship in Sicily, his name was not recognised. A citizen who attended assemblies or who went to the Forum would in theory be able to identify some politicians, especially the most prominent ones. After his consulship, did Cicero walk around the city without being identified? Or Caesar? What about second- or third-rate politicians? Cases of misidentification of politicians also clarify this issue. Popular verses criticising first-rate or even second-rate politicians helped to spread their names across the city. In sum, recognition of politicians, either by their features or by their names, represents a way to understand and gauge non-elite implication into politics.
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    El impacto de la ¿crisis de refugiados¿ en la acción humanitaria de la Comisión Europea
    (Médicos sin Fronteras, 2018) Langa Herrero, Alfredo; Rey Marcos, Francisco
    La llamada crisis de refugiados en Europa ha tenido efectos devastadores en muchas políticas europeas. Además, el papel de la UE en la atención y acogida a personas refugiadas y solicitantes de asilo es manifiestamente criticable, no alcanzándose en casi ningún país las exiguas cuotas pactadas en diversos Consejos Europeos, e incumpliéndose los instrumentos de protección internacional firmados por los Estados miembros. De esta manera, los pilares éticos, morales y jurídicos que han sustentado la UE desde su origen se han quebrado y con ello, parte de la credibilidad de la propia Unión en una materia en la que se situaba a la vanguardia mundial: la acción humanitaria.
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    Management Strategies of Ecclesiastical Patrimonies in Spain, 1900-1936
    (Leuven University, 2012) Fernández-Roca, Fco. Javier