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Rosillo López, Cristina

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First Name
Cristina
Last Name
Rosillo López
Affiliation
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Department
Geografía, Historia y Filosofía
Research Center
Area
Historia Antigua
Research Group
Religión y Pensamiento En El Mundo Antiguo
PAIDI Areas
Humanidades, Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas
PhD programs
Poder y Democracia, Historia y Estudios Humanísticos
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  • Publication
    La etiqueta epistolar senatorial en el corpus ciceroniano: normas sociales e infracciones en el siglo I a.C
    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2022) Rosillo López, Cristina
    Los senadores romanos preferían encontrarse en persona para hablar y discutir sobre los temas que les atañían, pero, cuando esto resultaba imposible, empleaban el correo como sustituto. Teniendo en cuenta su importancia y la frecuencia de su uso, los senadores eran conscientes de que existían toda una serie de normas sociales y de etiqueta no escritas que regían la comunicación por carta. Estas normas servían para evitar conflictos indeseados o, en el caso de infringirlas, para ser conscientes de que podían dar lugar a un conflicto. Este artículo propone un estudio sobre la etiqueta del intercambio epistolar entre senadores y miembros de la élite respecto a temas políticos durante la época ciceroniana, estableciendo como novedad el paralelismo con las conversaciones políticas informales. Se analiza la cuestión de cómo y con quién contactar, se estudian las normas que regían el reenvío y lectura a otras personas de cartas y, finalmente, se examina qué excusas resultaban aceptables (o no) para justificar no haber escrito. Este estudio permite identificar las normas y reglas no escritas, lo que posibilita calibrar el grado de tensión que éstas podían provocar. Al mismo tiempo, se estudia cómo los senadores intentaban ceñirse a ellas para evitar enfrentamientos políticos con otros senadores.
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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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    The Consilium as Advisory Board of the Magistrates at Rome during the Republic
    (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2021) Rosillo López, Cristina
    The consilium was a board of an exclusively advisory nature which was convened by magistrates. This article offers the first comprehensive review of all the consilia of all the magistrates at Rome during the Republic preserved in the literary and epigraphic sources. It addresses questions such as the composition of consilia, arguing that their composition ranged widely among senators and that equites could be present. It surveys the dynamics of the consilia, the kind of rhetoric that might have been deployed in their deliberations, their performative aspects, their logistics and the topoi ascribed to them.
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    Delegation: The Power of Decision of the Consuls at Rome and Senatorial Procedures in the Second and First Centuries BCE
    (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2023) Rosillo López, Cristina
    The present study aims at elucidating two aspects of Roman governance: first of all, the overlooked, but relevant, power of decision of the consuls (and, in a minor degree, of the praetors); secondly, the relationship between magistrates and Senate. The sources, especially epigraphic senatus consulta, consistently describe a procedure through which the Senate voted to delegate fully or partially decision-making on specific matters of foreign affairs to a consul or praetor who was in Rome. This procedure is present in almost half of the decisions recorded in epigraphic senatus consulta, on a variety of matters throughout the second and first centuries. This procedure was characterised by the use of the formula ita utei ei e re publica fideque sua videbitur esse/videretur (found in both epigraphic and literary sources), which referred to the cultural and ideological connotation that addressed the relationship between the Senate and magistrates.
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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.