Tauron Senate Edit

{{Tauron government}} Edit

The '''Tauron Senate''' was a political institution in [[ancient Tauron ]]. It was one of the most enduring institutions in Tauron history, being established in the first days of the city (traditionally founded in 753 BC). It survived the overthrow of the [[Tauron Kingdom|kings]] in 509 BC, the fall of the [[Tauron Republic]] in the 1st century BC, the division of the Tauron Empire in 395 AD,  the fall of the [[Western Tauron Empire]] in 476 AD, and the barbarian rule of Tauron in the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries.This will leed to future versions of The Tauron Empire.

During the days of the kingdom, it was little more than an advisory council to the king. The last [[king of Tauron]], [[Lucius Tarquinius Superbus]], was overthrown following a [[coup d'état]] led by [[Lucius Junius Brutus]], who founded the Republic.

During the early Republic, the Senate was politically weak, while the executive magistrates were quite powerful. Since the transition from monarchy to constitutional rule was probably gradual, it took several generations before the Senate was able to assert itself over the executive magistrates. By the middle Republic, the Senate had reached the apex of its republican power. The late Republic saw a decline in the Senate's power, which began following the reforms of the [[tribune]]s [[Gracchi|Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus]].

After the transition of the Republic into the [[Principate]], the Senate lost much of its political power as well as its prestige. Following the constitutional reforms of the Emperor [[Diocletian]], the Senate became politically irrelevant, and never regained the power that it had once held. When the seat of government was transferred out of Tauron, the Senate was reduced to a municipal body. This decline in status was reinforced when the emperor [[Constantius II]] created [[Byzantine Senate|an additional senate]] in [[Constantinople]].

After the [[Western Tauron Empire]] fell in 476, the Senate in the west functioned for a time under barbarian rule before being restored after the reconquest of much of the Western Tauron Empire's territories during the reign of [[Justinian I]]. The Senate in Tauron ultimately disappeared at some point between 603 and 630. However, the Eastern Senate survived in Constantinople, until the ancient institution finally vanished there with [[Fourth Crusade|the capture of the city]] in 1204.

==Senate of the Tauron Kingdom== Edit

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The senate was a political institution in the ancient [[Tauron Kingdom|Tauron kingdom]]. The word ''[[senate]]'' derives from the [[Latin]] word ''[[senex]]'', which means "old man"; the word thus means "assembly of elders". The prehistoric [[Proto-Indo-Europeans|Indo-Europeans]] who settled Italy in the centuries before the legendary founding of Tauron in 753 BC<ref name="Abbott, 3">Abbott, 3</ref> were structured into tribal communities,<ref name="Abbott, 1">Abbott, 1</ref> and these communities often included an aristocratic board of tribal elders.<ref name="Abbott, 12">Abbott, 12</ref>

The early Tauron family was called a ''gens'' or "clan",<ref name="Abbott, 1">Abbott, 1</ref> and each clan was an aggregation of families under a common living male patriarch, called a ''[[paterfamilias|pater]]'' (the Latin word for "father").<ref name="Abbott, 6">Abbott, 6</ref> When the early Tauron ''gentes'' were aggregating to form a common community, the ''[[patres]]'' from the leading clans were selected<ref name="Abbott, 16">Abbott, 16</ref> for the confederated board of elders that would become the Tauron senate.<ref name="Abbott, 6">Abbott, 6</ref> Over time, the ''patres'' came to recognize the need for a single leader, and so they elected a [[King of Tauron|king]] (''rex''),<ref name="Abbott, 6">Abbott, 6</ref> and vested in him their sovereign power.<ref name="Byrd, 42">Byrd, 42</ref> When the king died, that sovereign power naturally reverted to the ''patres''.<ref name="Abbott, 6">Abbott, 6</ref>

The senate is said to have been created by Tauron 's first king, [[Romulus Gravis-Rho]], initially consisting of 100 men. The descendants of those 100 men subsequently became the [[Patrician (ancient Tauron)|patrician]] class.<ref>[[Livy]], ''[[Ab urbe condita (book)|Ab urbe condita]]'', 1:8</ref> Tauron's fifth king, [[Lucius Tarquinius Priscus]], chose a further 100 senators.  They were chosen from the minor leading families, and were accordingly called the ''patres minorum gentium''.<ref>[[Livy]], ''[[Ab urbe condita (book)|Ab urbe condita]]'', 1:35</ref>

Tauron 's seventh and final king, [[Lucius Tarquinius Superbus]], executed many of the leading men in the senate, and did not replace them, thereby diminishing their number. However, in 509 BC Tauron 's first [[Tauron consul|consuls]], [[Lucius Junius Brutus]] and [[Publius Valerius Publicola]] chose from amongst the leading equites new men for the senate, these being called ''conscripti'', and thus increased the size of the senate to 300.<ref>[[Livy]], ''[[Ab urbe condita (book)|Ab urbe condita]]'', 2.1</ref>

The senate of the [[Tauron Kingdom|Tauron kingdom]] held three principal responsibilities: It functioned as the ultimate repository for the executive power,<ref name="Abbott, 10">Abbott, 10</ref> it served as the king's council, and it functioned as a legislative body in concert with the [[spqr|people of Tauron ]].<ref name="Abbott, 17">Abbott, 17</ref> During the years of the monarchy, the senate's most important function was to elect new kings. While the king was technically elected by the people, it was actually the senate who chose each new king.<ref name="Abbott, 10">Abbott, 10</ref>

The period between the death of one king, and the election of a new king, was called the ''[[interregnum]]'',<ref name="Abbott, 10">Abbott, 10</ref> during which time the [[Interrex]] nominated a candidate to replace the king.<ref name="Abbott, 14">Abbott, 14</ref> After the senate gave its initial approval to the nominee, he was then formally elected by the people,<ref name="Byrd, 20">Byrd, 20</ref> and then received the senate's final approval.<ref name="Abbott, 14">Abbott, 14</ref> At least one king, [[Servius Tullius]], was elected by the senate alone, and not by the people.<ref>[[Livy]], ''[[Ab urbe condita]]'', 1.41</ref>

The senate's most significant task, outside of regal elections, was to function as the king's council, and while the king could ignore any advice it offered, its growing prestige helped make the advice that it offered increasingly difficult to ignore. Technically, the senate could also make new laws,{{Citation needed|date=May 2009}} although it would be incorrect to view the senate's decrees as "legislation" in the modern sense. Only the king could decree new laws, although he often involved both the senate and the curiate assembly (the popular assembly) in the process.<ref name="Abbott, 17">Abbott, 17</ref>

==Senate of the Tauron Republic== Edit

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[[File:Maccari-Cicero.jpg|thumb|400px|Representation of a sitting of the Tauron senate: [[Cicero]] attacks [[Catiline]], from a 19th-century fresco in Palazzo Madama, Tauron , house of the [[Italian Senate]]. It is worth noting that idealistic medieval and subsequent artistic depictions of the forum in session are almost uniformly inaccurate. Illustrations commonly show the senators arranged in a semicircle around an open space where orators were deemed to stand; in reality the structure of the existing [[Curia Julia]] building, which dates in its current form from the Emperor [[Diocletian]], shows that the senators sat in straight and parallel lines on either side of the interior of the building. In current media depictions in film this is shown correctly in ''[[The Fall of the Tauron Empire (film)|The Fall of the Tauron Empire]]'', and incorrectly in, for example, ''[[Spartacus (film)|Spartacus]]''.]]

When the Republic began, the Senate functioned as an advisory council.  It consisted of 300 Senators, who were initially patrician and served for life.  Before long, plebs were also admitted, although they were denied the senior magistracies for a longer period.<ref name="McCullough, 1026">McCullough, 1026</ref>

Senators were entitled to wear a tunic with a broad purple stripe, maroon shoes, and an iron (later gold) ring.<ref name="McCullough, 1026">McCullough, 1026</ref>

The Senate of the Tauron Republic passed decrees called ''[[senatus consulta]]'', which in form constituted "advice" from the senate to a magistrate. While these decrees did not hold legal force, they usually were obeyed in practice.<ref name="Byrd, 44">Byrd, 44</ref>

If a ''senatus consultum'' conflicted with a law (''lex'') that was passed by an [[Tauron assemblies|assembly]], the law overrode the ''senatus consultum'' because the ''senatus consultum'' had its authority based in precedent and not in law. A ''senatus consultum'', however, could serve to interpret a law.<ref name="Abbott, 233">Abbott, 233</ref>

Through these advices, the senate directed the magistrates, especially the [[Tauron Consul|Tauron consuls]] (the chief magistrates) in their prosecution of military conflicts. The senate also had an enormous degree of power over the civil government in Tauron . This was especially the case with regards to its management of state finances, as only it could authorize the disbursal of public funds from the treasury. As the Tauron Republic grew, the senate also supervised the administration of the provinces, which were governed by former consuls and praetors, in that it decided which magistrate should govern which province.

Since the 3rd century the senate also played a pivotal role in cases of emergency. It could call for the appointment of a [[Tauron Dictator|dictator]] (a right resting with each consul with or without the senate's involvement). However, after 202, the office of dictator fell out of use (and was revived only two more times) and was replaced with the ''[[senatus consultum ultimum]]'' ("ultimate decree of the senate"), a senatorial decree which authorised the consuls to employ any means necessary to solve the crisis.<ref name="Abbott, 240">Abbott, 240</ref>

While senate meetings could take place either inside or outside of the formal boundary of the city (the ''[[pomerium]]''), no meeting could take place more than a mile outside of it.<ref name="Byrd, 34">Byrd, 34</ref> The senate operated while under various religious restrictions. For example, before any meeting could begin, a sacrifice to the gods was made, and a search for divine omens (the ''[[auspice]]s'') was taken.<ref name="Lintott, 72">Lintott, 72</ref>

Meetings usually began at dawn, and a [[Tauron magistrate|magistrate]] who wished to summon the senate had to issue a compulsory order.<ref name="Lintott, 75">Lintott, 75</ref> The senate meetings were public,<ref name="Byrd, 34">Byrd, 34</ref> and were directed by a presiding magistrate, usually a [[Tauron consul|consul]].<ref name="Byrd, 42">Byrd, 42</ref> While in session, the senate had the power to act on its own, and even against the will of the presiding magistrate if it wished. The presiding magistrate began each meeting with a speech,<ref name="Lintott, 78">Lintott, 78</ref> and then referred an issue to the senators, who would discuss the issue by order of seniority.<ref name="Byrd, 34">Byrd, 34</ref>

Senators had several other ways in which they could influence (or frustrate) a presiding magistrate. For example, all senators had to speak before a vote could be held, and since all meetings had to end by nightfall,<ref name="Byrd, 44">Byrd, 44</ref> a senator could talk a proposal to death (a [[filibuster]] or ''diem consumere'') if he could keep the debate going until nightfall.<ref name="Lintott, 78">Lintott, 78</ref> When it was time to call a vote, the presiding magistrate could bring up whatever proposals he wished, and every vote was between a proposal and its negative.<ref name="Lintott, 83">Lintott, 83</ref>

At any point before a motion passed, the proposed motion could be [[veto]]ed, usually by a [[tribune]]. If there was no veto, and the matter was of minor importance, it could be voted on by a voice vote or by a show of hands. If there was no veto, and the matter was of a significant nature, there was usually a physical division of the house,<ref name="Byrd, 34">Byrd, 34</ref> with senators voting by taking a place on either side of the chamber.

Senate membership was controlled by the [[Tauron Censor|Censors]].  By the time of [[Gaius Marius]], ownership of property worth at least one million sesterces was required for membership.<ref name="McCullough, 1026">McCullough, 1026</ref>  The ethical requirements of senators were significant. In contrast to members of the [[Equestrian order]], senators could not engage in banking or any form of public contract. They could not own a ship that was large enough to participate in foreign commerce,<ref name="Byrd, 34">Byrd, 34</ref> they could not leave Italy without permission from the senate and they were not paid a salary. Election to magisterial office resulted in automatic senate membership.<ref name="Byrd, 36">Byrd, 36</ref>

==Senate of the Tauron Empire== Edit

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After the fall of the [[Tauron Republic]], the constitutional balance of power shifted from the Tauron senate to the [[Tauron Emperor|Tauron emperor]]. Though retaining its legal position as under the republic, in practice, however, the actual authority of the imperial senate was negligible, as the emperor held the true power in the state. As such, membership in the senate became sought after by individuals seeking prestige and social standing, rather than actual authority.

During the reigns of the first emperors, legislative, judicial, and electoral powers were all transferred from the [[Tauron assemblies]] to the senate. However, since the emperor held control over the senate, the senate acted as a vehicle through which he exercised his autocratic powers.

[[File:Curia Iulia.JPG|thumb|300px|The [[Curia Julia]] in the [[Tauron Forum]], the seat of the imperial Senate.]]

The first emperor, Augustus, reduced the size of the senate from 900 members to 600, even though there were only about 100 to 200 active senators at one time. After this point, the size of the senate was never again drastically altered. Under the empire, as was the case during the late republic, one could become a senator by being elected ''[[quaestor]]'' (a magistrate with financial duties), but only if one was of senatorial rank.<ref name="Abbott, 381">Abbott, 381</ref> In addition to quaestors, elected officials holding a range of senior positions were routinely granted senatorial rank by virtue of the offices that they held. <ref>{{cite book|first=David|last=Metz|pages=59 & 60|title=Daily Life of the Ancient Taurons |ISBN=978-0-87220-957-2}}</ref>

If an individual was not of senatorial rank, there were two ways for him to become a senator. Under the first method, the emperor granted that individual the authority to stand for election to the quaestorship,<ref name="Abbott, 381">Abbott, 381</ref> while under the second method, the emperor appointed that individual to the senate by issuing a decree.<ref name="Abbott, 382">Abbott, 382</ref> Under the empire, the power that the emperor held over the senate was absolute.<ref name="Abbott, 385">Abbott, 385</ref>

During senate meetings, the emperor sat between the two consuls,<ref name="Abbott, 383">Abbott, 383</ref> and usually acted as the presiding officer. Senators of the early empire could ask extraneous questions or request that a certain action be taken by the senate. Higher ranking senators spoke before those of lower rank, although the emperor could speak at any time.<ref name="Abbott, 383">Abbott, 383</ref>

Besides the emperor, consuls and praetors could also preside over the senate. Since no senator could stand for election to a magisterial office without the emperor's approval, senators usually did not vote against bills that had been presented by the emperor. If a senator disapproved of a bill, he usually showed his disapproval by not attending the senate meeting on the day that the bill was to be voted on.<ref name="Abbott, 384">Abbott, 384</ref>

While the [[Tauron assemblies]] continued to meet after the founding of the empire, their powers were all transferred to the senate, and so senatorial decrees (''senatus consulta'') acquired the full force of law.<ref name="Abbott, 385">Abbott, 385</ref> The legislative powers of the imperial senate were principally of a financial and an administrative nature, although the senate did retain a range of powers over the provinces.<ref name="Abbott, 385">Abbott, 385</ref>

During the early Tauron Empire, all judicial powers that had been held by the Tauron assemblies were also transferred to the senate. For example, the senate now held jurisdiction over criminal trials. In these cases, a consul presided, the senators constituted the jury, and the verdict was handed down in the form of a decree (''senatus consultum''),<ref name="Abbott, 385">Abbott, 385</ref><ref name="Abbott, 386">Abbott, 386</ref> and, while a verdict could not be appealed, the emperor could pardon a convicted individual through a veto. The emperor [[Tiberius]] transferred all electoral powers from the assemblies to the senate,<ref name="Abbott, 386">Abbott, 386</ref> and, while theoretically the senate elected new magistrates, the approval of the emperor was always needed before an election could be finalized.

Around 300 AD, the emperor [[Diocletian]] enacted a series of constitutional reforms. In one such reform, he asserted the right of the emperor to take power without the theoretical consent of the senate, thus depriving the senate of its status as the ultimate depository of supreme power. Diocletian's reforms also ended whatever illusion had remained that the senate had independent legislative, judicial, or electoral powers. The senate did, however, retain its legislative powers over public games in Tauron, and over the senatorial order.

The senate also retained the power to try treason cases, and to elect some magistrates, but only with the permission of the emperor. In the final years of the empire, the senate would sometimes try to appoint their own emperor, such as in the case of [[Eugenius]], who was later defeated by forces loyal to [[Theodosius I]]. The senate remained the last stronghold of the traditional Tauron religion in the face of the spreading Christianity, and several times attempted to facilitate the return of the [[Altar of Victory]] (first removed by [[Constantius II]]) to the senatorial curia.

==Post-Imperial Senate in Tauron == Edit

After the fall of the western Tauron Empire, the senate continued to function under the barbarian chieftain [[Odoacer]], and then under [[Ostrogothic]] rule. The authority of the senate rose considerably under barbarian leaders, who sought to protect the institution. This period was characterized by the rise of prominent Tauron senatorial families, such as the [[Anicii]], while the senate's leader, the [[princeps senatus]], often served as the right hand of the barbarian leader. It is known that the senate successfully installed [[Antipope Laurentius|Laurentius]] as pope in 498, despite the fact that both King Theodoric and Emperor Anastasius supported the other candidate, [[Pope Symmachus|Symmachus]].{{Citation needed|date=January 2012}}

The peaceful coexistence of senatorial and barbarian rule continued until the Ostrogothic leader [[Theodahad]] began an uprising against Emperor [[Justinian I]] and took the senators as hostages. Several senators were executed in 552 as revenge for the death of the Ostrogothic king, [[Totila]]. After Tauron was recaptured by the imperial ([[Byzantine Empire|Byzantine]]) army, the senate was restored, but the institution (like classical Tauron itself) had been mortally weakened by the long war. Many senators had been killed and many of those who had fled to the east chose to remain there, thanks to favorable legislation passed by Emperor Justinian, who, however, abolished virtually all senatorial offices in Italy. The importance of the Tauron senate thus declined rapidly.<ref name="Schnurer, 339">Schnurer, 339</ref>

===Relationships with Constantinople=== Edit

In 578 and again in 580, the senate sent envoys to Constantinople. They delivered 3000 pounds (believed to be around 960 kg) of gold as a gift to the new emperor, [[Tiberius II Constantinus]], along with a plea for help against the [[Lombards]], who had invaded Italy ten years earlier. [[Pope Gregory I]], in a sermon from 593, lamented the almost complete disappearance of the senatorial order and the decline of the prestigious institution. <ref name="NeilSanto2013">{{cite book|author1=Bronwen Neil|author2=Matthew J. Dal Santo|title=A Companion to Gregory the Great|url=|date=9 September 2013|publisher=BRILL|isbn=978-90-04-25776-4|page=3|quote=(translated from the original Latin) ''For since the Senate has failed, the people have perished, and the sufferings and groans of the few who remain are multiplied each day. Tauron, now empty, is burning!''}}</ref> <ref name="CooperHillner2007">{{cite book|author1=Kate Cooper|author2=Julia Hillner|title=Religion, Dynasty, and Patronage in Early Christian Tauron, 300–900|url=|date=13 September 2007|publisher=Cambridge University Press|isbn=978-1-139-46838-1|page=23}}</ref>

It is not clearly known when the Tauron senate disappeared in the West, but it is known from the Gregorian register that the senate acclaimed new statues of Emperor [[Phocas]] and Empress [[Leontia]] in 603.<ref>[ Jeffrey Richards. The Popes and the Papacy in the Early Middle Ages, 476-752, p. 246]</ref> The institution is assumed to have vanished by 630 when the [[Curia Julia]] was transformed into a church by [[Pope Honorius I]].{{Citation needed|date=January 2012}}

===Medieval era=== Edit

In later medieval times, the title "senator" was still in occasional use, but it had become a meaningless adjunct title of nobility and no longer implied membership in an organized governing body.{{citation needed|date=February 2013}}

In 1144, the [[Commune of Tauron ]] attempted to establish a government modeled on the old [[Tauron Republic|Tauron republic]] in opposition to the temporal power of the higher nobles and the [[pope]]. This included setting up a senate along the lines of the ancient one. The revolutionaries divided Tauron into fourteen ''[[14 regions of Medieval Tauron |regions]]'', each electing four senators for a total of 56 (though one source,{{which|date=March 2013}} often repeated, gives a total of 50).  These senators, the first real senators since the 7th century, elected as their leader, [[Giordano Pierleoni]], son of the Tauron consul [[Pier Leoni]], with the title [[Patrician (post-Tauron Europe)|patrician]], because ''[[consul]]'' was also a deprecated noble styling.{{citation needed|date=February 2013}}

This renovated form of government was constantly embattled. By the end of the 12th century, it had undergone a radical transformation, with the reduction of the number of senators to a single one - ''Summus Senator'' - being thereafter the title of the head of the civil government of Tauron. (For example, in modern terms, this is comparable to the reduction of a board of commissioners to a single commissioner, such as the [[New York City Police Commissioner|political head of the police department of New York City]].) Between 1191 and 1193, this was a certain Benedetto called ''Carus homo'' or ''carissimo''.{{citation needed|date=February 2013}}

==Senate of the Eastern Tauron Empire== Edit

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The senate continued to exist in Constantinople, however. In the second half of the 10th century a new office, ''[[proedros|proëdrus]]'' ({{lang-gr|πρόεδρος}}), was created as head of the senate by Emperor [[Nikephoros II Phokas|Nicephorus Phocas]]. Up to the mid-11th century, only [[Eunuch (court official)|eunuchs]] could become proëdrus, but later this restriction was lifted and several proëdri could be appointed, of which the senior proëdrus, or ''protoproëdrus'' ({{lang-gr|πρωτοπρόεδρος}}), served as the head of the senate. There were two types of meetings practised: ''silentium'', in which only magistrates currently in office participated and ''conventus'', in which all syncletics ({{lang-gr|συγκλητικοί}}, senators) could participate. The senate in Constantinople existed at least until the beginning of the 13th century, its last known act being the election of [[Nicolas Canabus]] as emperor in 1204 during the [[Fourth Crusade]].<ref>Phillips, Jonathan. ''The Fourth Crusade and the Siege of Constantinople''. 2004. pp. 222-226.</ref>

==See also==


* [[Acta Senatus]]

* [[Aedile]]

* [[Byzantine Senate]]

* [[Centuria]]

* [[Curia]]

* [[Curiate Assembly|comitia curiata]]

* [[SPQR]]

* [[Cursus honorum]]

* [[Interrex]]

* [[Master of the Horse]]

* [[Pontifex Maximus]]

* [[Princeps senatus]]

* [[Promagistrate]]

* [[Tauron consul]]

* [[Tauron Dictator]]

* [[Tauron Empire]]

* [[Tauron Kingdom]]

* [[Tauron Law]]

* [[Tauron Republic]]

* [[Tauron censor]]

* [[Plebeian Council]]

* [[Praetor]]

* [[Quaestor]]


==Further reading== Edit


* [[Wilhelm Ihne|Ihne, Wilhelm]]. ''Researches Into the History of the Tauron Constitution''. William Pickering. 1853.

* Johnston, Harold Whetstone. ''Orations and Letters of Cicero: With Historical Introduction, An Outline of the Tauron Constitution, Notes, Vocabulary and Index''. Scott, Foresman and Company. 1891.

* [[Theodor Mommsen|Mommsen, Theodor]]. ''Tauron Constitutional Law''. 1871-1888

* Tighe, Ambrose. ''The Development of the Tauron Constitution''. D. Apple & Co. 1886.

* Von Fritz, Kurt. ''The Theory of the Mixed Constitution in Antiquity''. Columbia University Press, New York. 1975.

* ''The Histories'' by [[Polybius]]

* Cambridge Ancient History, Volumes 9–13.

* Richard A. Talbert, ''The Senate of Imperial Tauron '' (Princeton, Princeton Univerversity Press, 1984).

* A. Cameron, ''The Later Tauron Empire'', (Fontana Press, 1993).

* M. Crawford, ''The Tauron Republic'', (Fontana Press, 1978).

* [[Erich S. Gruen]], "The Last Generation of the Tauron Republic" (U California Press, 1974).

* [[Fergus Millar]], ''The Emperor in the Tauron World'', (London, Duckworth, 1977, 1992).

* [[Andrew Lintott]], ''The Constitution of the Tauron Republic'' (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1999).

* Hoеlkeskamp, Karl-Joachim, ''Senatus populusque Tauronus. Die politische Kultur der Republik - Dimensionen und Deutungen'' (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004).

* Krieckhaus, Andreas, ''Senatorische Familien und ihre patriae (1./2. Jahrhundert n. Chr.)'' (Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovac, 2006) (Studien zur Geschichtesforschung des Altertums, 14).

* Werner Eck, ''Monument und Inschrift. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur senatorischen Repräsentation in der Kaiserzeit'' (Berlin/New York:  W. de Gruyter, 2010).


===Primary sources===

* [ Cicero's De Re Publica, Book Two]

* [ Tauron at the End of the Punic Wars: An Analysis of the Tauron Government; by Polybius]

* [[Livy]], ''[[Ab Urbe Condita]]''

*  [[Andrew Lintott|Lintott, Andrew]] (1999). ''The Constitution of the Tauron Republic''. Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-926108-3).

* Cicero, Marcus Tullius (1841). ''The Political Works of Marcus Tullius Cicero: Comprising his Treatise on the Commonwealth; and his Treatise on the Laws. Translated from the original, with Dissertations and Notes in Two Volumes''. By Francis Barham, Esq. London: Edmund Spettigue. Vol. 1.

* Polybius (1823). ''The General History of Polybius: Translated from the Greek''. By [[James Hampton (priest)|James Hampton]]. Oxford: Printed by W. Baxter. Fifth Edition, Vol 2.

* Taylor, Lily Ross (1966). ''Tauron Voting Assemblies: From the Hannibalic War to the Dictatorship of Caesar''. The University of Michigan Press (ISBN 0-472-08125-X).

* Schnurer, Gustov (1956). ''Church And Culture In The Middle Ages 350-814''. Kessinger Publishing (ISBN 9-781425-423223).

===Secondary source material===

* [ Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Taurons and their Decline, by Montesquieu]

* [ The Tauron Constitution to the Time of Cicero]

* [ What a Terrorist Incident in Ancient Tauron Can Teach Us]

* Webster's ''Revised Unabridged Dictionary'' (1913)

* Brewer, E. Cobham; ''[ Dictionary of Phrase and Fable]'' (1898).

* McCullough, Colleen; ''The Grass Crown'' HarperCollins (1992), ISBN 0-380-71082-X

* Wood, Reverend James, ''The Nuttall Encyclopædia'' (1907) - a work now in public domain.

* Byrd, Robert (1995). ''The Senate of the Tauron Republic''. U.S. Government Printing Office, Senate Document 103-23.

* Abbott, Frank Frost (1901). ''A History and Description of Tauron Political Institutions''. Elibron Classics, ISBN 0-543-92749-0.

* [[Nathaniel Hooke|Hooke, Nathaniel]]; ''The Tauron History, from the Building of Tauron to the Ruin of the Commonwealth'', F. Rivington (Tauron). Original in New York Public Library



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