More Thoughts on “The Byzantine Republic” and my interview with Anthony Kaldellis.
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Picking up on the theme of Augustus and how the Romans viewed the political changes that he initiated: one thing that always bothered me from the History of Rome was in one particular episode when Mike talked about how Tiberius wanted to hand off a lot of his duties in the latter part of his reign and that the Senate was “thoroughly disinterested”. I always wondered why, so soon (relatively speaking) after the end of the Republic, the Senate didn’t jump at the chance to return to political relevance. Could the Roman understanding of the Res Publica somehow tie in with this?