Capua in Roman politics between 59-36 BCE

Authors

HABAJ Michal

Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Historia: Zeitschrift fur alte Geschichte
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web https://www.uni-erfurt.de/philosophische-fakultaet/seminare-professuren/historisches-seminar/professuren/antike-kultur/kai-brodersen/dienstleistung/historia
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.25162/HISTORIA-2022-0003
Keywords Capua - ager Campanus - Caesar - Mark Antony - Octavian
Description In the present study, I focus on the significance of Capua in Roman politics between 59 BCE, when the town officially became a colony, and 36 BCE, when Octavian settled new colonists in the town. I argue that, despite the numerous promises of Roman politicians, only in 36 BCE new Roman colonists were introduced to the town, even though a colony was formally created before that time. Moreover, I explain the causes and circumstances that prompted Caesar not to establish a colony in Capua after 47 BCE, as well as the reasons that led Mark Antony to found a colony there. I highlight Capua as a flashpoint between Mark Antony and Octavian and argue against the traditional view that Octavian founded a colony there immediately after the Battle of Philippi.
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