The value of imperial virtutes in the Tabula siarensis and the Senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone patre Public Deposited

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  • Spencer, Andrew Clark
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • In this thesis I examine the importance of virtutes in the political dialogue of Tiberius' principate, as presented in two senatorial decrees. These documents were composed in response to the death of Germanicus (19 CE) and the maiestas trial of Piso (20 CE). Pietas is most central to my overall discussion. In the TS, devotion to Germanicus' memory guides the Senate's recommendations concerning the honors granted to him posthumously. The SCPP reinforces the same devotion, but the significance of pietas is expanded throughout the decree. In portraying Piso as a serious threat to the stability provided by the principate, the Senate clarifies and defines its demonstration of iustitia through its pietas, and it identifies the latter as the source of its judgment. Additionally, pietas reinforces the image of the Roman people united against the threat of renewed civil war, and in support of Tiberius as the very source of virtutes.
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