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By Micheline Aharonian Marcom

ISBN-10: 1564789764

ISBN-13: 9781564789761

Micheline Marcom describes her latest novel, A short background of Yes—her first due to the fact that 2008's scathing and erotic The reflect within the Well—as a "literary fado," concerning a method of Portuguese song that, similar to the yankee blues, is usually melancholic and soulful, and encapsulates the sensation of what the Portuguese name saudade—meaning, loosely, craving and nostalgia for anything or somebody irrepreably misplaced. A short historical past of Yes tells the tale of the break-up among a Portuguese girl named Maria and an unnamed American guy: it's a collage-like, fragmentary novel whose shape captures the workings of allure and grief, proving once more that American letters has no larger poet of affection and loss than Micheline Aharonian Marcom.

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Like many premodern societies, the Roman state relied on brutal and spectacular punishments to protect the community from criminals and outsiders. The savagery of Roman penalties is well evoked by MacMullen 1986. 18 However, citizenship was not the only privilege recognised in the administration of justice. The honestiores – senators, equestrians, decurions (not all of whom were Roman citizens) and veterans – also enjoyed some protections against the punitive and coercive powers of the magistrates.

On taxation in the Roman empire, see especially Corbier 1991, Corbier 1988, Brunt 1981 (= RIT pp. 324–46) with Brunt 1990 pp. 531–40, Neesen 1980 and Jones 1974. Ius Italicum: Jacques and Scheid 1990 pp. 243–5. g. Neesen 1980 pp. 117 and 121). They certainly enjoyed this privilege in Egypt (Wallace 1938 p. 407 n. 24). But the fact that Vespasian is recorded as having granted the colony of Caesarea immunity from tributum capitis (Dig. 7) suggests that Roman citizens were not automatically exempt in all provinces.

1). This usage is not limited to literature. e. referring to ‘the allies’ as a class), socii embraces all Rome’s dependants. It is a term of the widest application, capable of including allied kingdoms and nominally free peoples as well as the inhabitants of the provinces proper. 49 By the second century ce, we will see, it could even encompass provincial citizens. 50 This section 46 47 48 49 50 See the examples at Saddington 1970 pp. 90, 94–5 and 107. v. 9–15. In Cicero, for example, the ciuis~socius dyad occurs twenty-six times; ciuis~peregrinus only six times.

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