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From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:

September 6th – 8th, 2012, University of Glasgow, UK: ‘The Legacy of the Roman Republican Senate’

Republican Rome has been a powerful and contested constitutional model in the western political tradition. But the Senate is a relatively neglected element in the model. This symposium, supported financially by the British Academy, will explore the roles that the Senate has played in the development of politics, political culture and constitutional theory since the end of the Roman Republic.

Papers on any aspect of the use, abuse and analysis of the Republican Senate from the Roman Empire onwards are welcome. Particular areas of interest may include the role of the Republican Senate in early modern and modern political theory; the emergence of distinctive thinking regarding two-chamber legislatures and the extent to which these reflected awareness of Roman precedents; reference to Roman ideals in the responses to both the American and the French Revolutions; the use in these Revolutions of visual symbolism derived from the Roman Senate; and the development of new vernacular vocabularies to re-evaluate and apply political concepts derived from the classical Latin of the Roman Senate.

Keynote speakers include Dean Hammer (Franklin and Marshall College), Thomas Munck (University of Glasgow), Carl Richard (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Matthew Roller (Johns Hopkins University).

Abstracts (350 words max) for 30 minute papers should be sent to the organiser, Catherine Steel (catherine.steel@glasgow.ac.uk) by March 31st 2012.