A study of the political institutions of ancient Rome is of interest for many reasons. Firstly, it can establish how selected institutions that continue to operate, albeit in a different form, up to the present day. Secondly, it can lead us to reflect on the ties that exist between a society and its institutions. Rome did not have a written constitution, and its institutional arrangements evolved over time and were based on forms of common law, which regulated social behaviour and the operation of structures, as well as on legislation passed and adapted over a long stretch of time, from when Rome was only a small village to when it was at the centre of a vast empire.
Contents: Introduction - 1. The Monarchic Age - 2. The Republican Age - 3. The Imperial Age - 4. The Late Empire - Chronology - Bibliography - Analytical Index.
Gabriella Poma teaches Greek and Roman Antiquity in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the University of Bologna.