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The Strange Triumph of Titus Quinctius Flamininus

Date & Time:
October 24, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
SS 209
Michael Fronda is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. He completed his BA (Classics and History) at Cornell University, and his MA and PhD (History) at Ohio State University. He taught in the Department of Classics at Denison University (Granville, Ohio) between 2000 and 2004. In 2004 he joined the Department of History (now the Department of History and Classical Studies) at McGill. He recently completed a three-year term as the Undergraduate Program Director of History and Classical Studies, and is currently the Director of Classics in the department. His research centers on the political, diplomatic and military history of the Roman Republic, in particular Rome’s relationship with the various peoples of Italy between the fourth and first centuries BCE. In 2010 he published Between Rome and Carthage: Southern Italy during the Second Punic War (Cambridge). He is currently editing a collection of essays Romans at War: Soldiers, Citizens, and Society in the Roman Republic (to be published by Routledge, 2019). His current research focuses on the interactions of Roman and “Italian” elites and the formation of “Roman Italy” in the two centuries after the Hannibalic War.

According to Livy (34.52.2), in 194 BCE Titus Quinctius Flamininus returned from Greece and led his entire army, laden with the staggering spoils from the war against Philip, ‘as if marching in a triumphal procession’ (prope triumphantes) all the way from Brundisium to Rome. Flamininus’ bombastic procession and subsequent three-day triumph fits the scaled-up triumphal demonstrations in the early second century. Specific decisions in the staging of his triumph responded to the memory of Scipio Africanus. By parading spoils from Brundisium to Rome, through lands only recently subdued during the Hannibalic War, Flamininus’ audience comprised non-Roman Italians, and his procession included allied soldiers as well as Roman legionnaires. This paper embarks from Flamininus’ triumph per totam Italiam to disclose the relationship between warfare, the army, Roman politics, and Roman-allied relations in the early second century BCE.

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