Imperatores Victi examines one relatively notable case of such assessments on festival. army good fortune invariably represented an plentiful resource of status and political power at Rome. Generals who led armies to victory loved a better-than-average likelihood of securing greater workplace upon their go back from the sector. but this learn demonstrates that defeated generals weren't barred from public workplace and in reality went directly to win the Republic's such a lot hugely coveted and hotly contested places of work in numbers nearly exact with these in their undefeated peers.
Rosenstein explores how this unforeseen restrict to pageant capabilities, reviewing ideals concerning the non secular origins of defeat, assumptions approximately universal infantrymen' tasks in conflict, and definitions of honorable habit of an aristocrat in the course of a trouble. those views have been instrumental in moving the onus of failure clear of a general's individual and in providing confident suggestions a basic may perhaps use to win glory and admire even in defeat and to silence power critics between a failed general's friends. Such limits to pageant had an influence at the greater difficulties of balance and coherence within the Republic and its political elite; those greater difficulties are mentioned within the concluding chapter.
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