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Crossing the PomeriumThe Boundaries of Political, Religious, and Military Institutions from Caesar to Constantine$
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Michael Koortbojian

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195032

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195032.001.0001

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Octavian’s Imperium Auspiciumque in 43 BC and Their Late Republican Context

Octavian’s Imperium Auspiciumque in 43 BC and Their Late Republican Context

(p.43) 2 Octavian’s Imperium Auspiciumque in 43 BC and Their Late Republican Context
Crossing the Pomerium

Michael Koortbojian

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how, by late Republican times, commanders who would have been forced by religious scruple to return to Rome for the reenactment of religious rites were now granted new dispensation, often in the form of political and religious “fictions” that would accommodate new priorities with new protocols. Here, the chapter focuses on Octavian's rise to power. It considers how Octavian's status was different from that of elected magistrates who held commands. Next, the chapter looks into how his independent imperium was conferred upon him. Finally, the chapter asks how his independent right to the auspicia publica, which was requisite for the full and valid execution of that command, was conveyed.

Keywords:   Octavian, late Republican period, religious rites, Imperium Auspiciumque, auspicia publica

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