The Egyptian Question in Roman Politics (65-30 B.C.)

William Henry Furness Altman


Abstract: Often presented as inevitable, the fall of the Roman Republic is better understood in relation to the defeat of the republican solution to Egyptian Question: the annexation resisted by the Senate but achieved by Augustus in 30 B.C. was the result of a process to achieve dominatio (Tacitus Ann. 2.59) that began in 65 with M. Licinius Crassus. Because Herman Strasburger, Ronald Syme, and Erich S. Gruen have made it more difficult to appreciate the significance of this terminus a quo by attacking the evidence of Plutarch, Suetonius, and Cicero, their work receives critical attention. 

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