Elections, Roman

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Abstract Publius Scipio Nasica was an illustrious and powerful statesman, who took pride in being leader of the Senate for many years. As a young man, when he was campaigning for the curule aedileship, he shook the hand of a peasant somewhat assiduously, as candidates are wont to do. He noticed that the man's hand is hardened by his rustic work, and jokingly asked him whether he was in the habit of walking on his hands. This saying, to which the bystanders took exception, spread among the people and was the cause of Scipio's defeat in the election. All the rural tribes thought that he was casting a slur on their poverty, and turned their anger against his offensive urbanity (Val. Max. 7.5.2).
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Ancient History
EditorsAndrew Erskine, David B. Hollander, Arietta Papaconstantinou
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781444338386
StatePublished - 2012


  • Roman history
  • and law
  • government
  • legal history
  • political history
  • politics
  • social history


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