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Contrarily to most traditional accounts on the foundation of the Republic, Dionysius describes the passage from the Tarquins’ monarchy to the Republic as a lawful constitutional reform, in which L. Junius Brutus played a pivotal role. In my paper I analyze the speech that Brutus delivers to the Roman patricians to endorse the establishment of a new government in Rome. The new constitution, although remaining essentially monarchical, will keep its autocratic nature concealed from the people. Throughout this paper, I show how Dionysius in his presentation of Brutus picked up elements both related to the senatorial propaganda against M. Junius Brutus — Caesar’s murderer, who claimed descent from L. Brutus and the tyrannicide Ahala — and, at the same time, the character of Augustus’s newly-founded government. This account may thus be regarded as Dionysius’ own elaboration of Augustus’s constitutional reform.

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The paper discusses the cultural hybridazation of the peoples of the Adriatic from the point of view of food identity. Venice was a grand empire during the era of the Serene Republic, a crossroads of knowledge of all kinds. People exerted their cultural influence from places like Veneto, Friuli, Istrana, Dalmatia, Israel, Albania, Greece, Armenia, Germany, and Turkey. The cultural excellence of patrician cuisine has its roots in this cultural mixture, with its expertise of Oriental spices (such as pepper, cinnamon, moscata nuts, cloves) and the unique preparation of dried salted fish. It is this aspect of the Adriatic that the present paper focuses on.

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than one percent. The high rate of officials reflects the function of Kassa as an administrative centre. Among retailers and artisans of middle-sized companies and of medium incomes, many families came from the old patrician strata of the town. Land

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The memory of Sigismund of Luxembourg was celebrated in 1987 and 2006 resp. by ample exhibitions. Among other things all remains and all members of the Order of the Dragon Knights founded by him were recorded. On the basis of a passage of a poem however one more member can be added to those. In the Panegyric on the Venetian patrician Marcello written by Janus Pannonius between 1455 and 1458, he mentions Marcello's distinctions: The Crescent Order given him by René d'Anjou, some award of the French king and the Dragon Order bestowed on him by the King of Hungary. Marcello supported with enthusiasm René's aspirations to the throne of Naples and lined up also the poesy of the student poet of Ferrara, Janus Pannonius. When however the king of France, Charles VII, intervened in the internal war of Italy, he used as a means also his brother-in-law, René d'Anjou. Thus René found himself face to face on the battle-field with Marcello who was his fellowknight in the Dragon Order and faithful cicitzen of his fatherland, the Republic of Venice in one. In consequence of this situation Marcello got into a lasting inner conflict. As a memory of this can be understood the two large illustrations of the Strabo codex of 1459. According to the eyewitness Janus Pannonius Marcello wore the Dragon Order bestowed on him by the king of Hungary in accordance with the statutes.

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