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By Alan Bowman, Edward Champlin, Andrew Lintott

The interval defined during this quantity starts off within the yr after the loss of life of Julius Caesar and results in the 12 months after the autumn of Nero. Its major topic is the transformation of the political configuration of the country to a dynastic monarchy and the institution of the Roman Empire. relevant to the interval is the success of the 1st emperor, Augustus.

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9 5 . 3 9 6 - 7 ; cf. (with s l i g h t l y different, less credible n u m b e r s ) Plut. Ant. 7; Brunt 1971 (A 9) 502. 115 The constitutional puzzle certainly exercised the minds of contemporaries: cf. 33—4 l16 Cf. i3 161. (similar behaviour by a censor). C. 27 period? No one knew. 117 But those dictatorships had been voted in those terms, without any time-limitation. Now it was precisely the specification of a limit which differentiated the triumvirate: how crucial was this difference, and who was to say?

282 w i t h G a b b a ' s note; D i o X L V I I I . 2;cf. Nicolet 1 9 7 6 ( D 1 0 4 ) 9 5 . A p p . BCiv. v . 6 7 . 30. 77 S y m e 1939 ( A 9 3 ) 2 2 0 a n d n. 6 . Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 2O I. THE T R I U M V I R A L P E R I O D lism. 79 At some time during 39 the triumvirs also secured a senatorial decree to ratify all their past and future acts:80 constitutionalism again, though of a rather quizzical kind. Like L. Antonius two years earlier, they evidently felt that traditionalist public sentiment was worth impressing.

Signs of a rift emerged only a few months after the pact, when in autumn 39 Octavian divorced Scribonia, the bride he had married when courting Sextus' favour the previous year. ) And the Italian famine continued, with pirates continuing to ravage the shore of Campania and harry the grain ships: Octavian publicly blamed Sextus. Antony too was contributing to the instability, prevaricating about the surrender of the Peloponnese to Sextus. During the winter of 39/8 matters came to a head. Sextus' admiral Menodorus went over to Octavian and gave him control of Sardinia and Corsica, three legions and sixty ships.

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