The Values and Goals of the Roman Nobility
The purpose of this paper is to provide an insight of the various views that are in existence regarding a spirit of culture that is shared by the Roman aristocracy. The goals and values that are in discussion are the strategies that had been drawn to ensure that they were adhered. This is because they built a foundation on which the city would abide by from an ethical perspective. The funeral of the noble man seems to be entirely based on the need for a proper funeral, however, that was not the case. This is because there are some issues that remained controversial and hidden behind values and goals of Roman nobility. This was in efforts to ensure that there was no contradiction in what they advocated. Through reviewing the diverse literature that has been put across regarding Roman Nobility, Quintus Metellus clearly states the virtues in his father’s eulogy. This is because, during his father’s lifetime, he acquired among the greatest and highest objectives that were in existence during the time. This is because his father was in pursuit of being among the wise men that would stand up for what right. His father was a great warrior who wanted to serve in the best interest of the people regardless the challenges that were in existence. This is because his father wanted to acquire his wealth in an upright manner and not go against his values. This is because he wanted to set an example where he would leave his children in a noble manner having being brought up in a firm foundation that is based on good values and nobility.
During this period, funerals were seen as forums in which the various contributions of an individual to their Gen were highlighted. Thus, based on this analysis, it was evident that many people who lived a noble life since they wanted to have a good eulogy. This is because everyone wanted to be remembered as having lived a good and honorable life without interfering with the life of others. It was important to ensure that their legacy was well continued since they would be significantly recognized. Through properly examining the history of the Roman people, it is clear that every great man’s ambition was to live a noble life. This is because there were many examples that had been set by great leaders that many people wished to rise and conquer setting their own record. Through this, they hoped that they would a legacy in which future generations would admire and wish to live by the example they would have set. Every family tree and an example that they followed and wished to live and come on top off. This is because by this, there would be a foundation that they would set in which relatives would admire and look up to as an example. That word noble is derived from the Latin word nobilis, the word in essence meant that each individual would be recognized from the contributions that they had in terms of the community. The word meant that they would be perfect in speech making and bringing the community together for a common goal.
Success in the military was a significant impact, this can be clearly witnessed through the thumbs that which are primary evidence of the Scipio family that have engraving. Through search evidence, it is made clear that their efforts in the military clearly illustrate the impact that success in the military has on an individual’s life. There is no doubt that the Roman Empire was great, this is based on the efforts that are made to guarantee that there is the expansion of their territory. The expansion of the Roman territory was in seen to be in the best interest of the empire. This is because it guaranteed the conquering of empires that would have affected the Roman Empire negatively. Based on this, it was in the best interest that any threats that would have led to conquering and over throwing of the Roman Empire were eliminated through military efforts. It is through this perspective that the spread of nobility came to become associated with military and power. Many people who served in the Roman military came to be significantly valued and set a standard that many people struggled to beat to become the best and recognized as noble.
Rome’s interest as a country revolved around the expansion of their territory. Through this, they hoped to eliminate any challenges that they may have encountered in their way to achieve their objectives. Rome’s interest in the military can be witnessed through the effort that they put to conquer. The Roman calendar can be seen to revolve around the military campaign, which was around spring. These are among the primary evidence that is in place to support the impact that nobility has in the Roman way of governance. The beginning of the year, which was spring, was marked through the organizing of the military to attack foreign land in efforts to conquer their neighbors and acquire more territory. This was seen to be a significant part of their ancient history that would guarantee the expansion and continuity of their rule. Through these deeds, the Roman Empire came to raise and conquer its neighbor becoming very established and respected in the region.
Nobility being derived through the military success, it was expected that every individual in the Roman Empire to have a significant impact in their motives. Every individual wanted to be involved in the military since it had a significant impact on the social standard. It has been well elaborated that military success was among the requirements for a person to acquire nobility. Through this nobility, each citizen that participated in the army expected to be recognized as having significantly contributed to the Roman history. Every individual knew that they would that despite the challenges that they faced they had to be brave to emerge victorious in the battles. This is based on the significance that such battles had in helping the involved parties acquire property; this was through the treatment that they would get where they would be provided with gifts. It was also common for the heroes to be credited with trophies, which were a source of wealth. The accomplishments of the heroes who had succeeded in battle would also be made evident where the numerous trophies the individuals will have won would be placed on the graves and worshiped. Through this, it would be made evident that their achievements were not in vain. This is evident in the case of Sclpio Hispanus, because he wanted to ensure that he maintained the reputation that his family had built. This was through guaranteeing that he did not his ancestors through making them proud.
Ralph, Mathisen, and Danuta Shanzer. Romans, barbarians, and the transformation of the Roman world cultural interaction and the creation of identity in late antiquity. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011) http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=655456.
Flower, Harriet I. The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004). http://cco.cambridge.org/login2?dest=%252Fbook%253Fid%253Dccol0521807948_CCOL0521807948.
“The Scipionic Epitaphs,” From the translation of E.H Warmington, Remains of Old Latin, Vol. IV, Loeb Classical Library, 1940.
“Lucius Junius Brutus for Conspiracy” from Livy, Early History of Rome, 1L5. United Kingdome: Penguin Classics.
“Publius Cornelius Scipio,” from Filippo Coarelli II Sepolero degli Scipioni a Roma, Rome, 1988.