After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima

By Yukio Mishima

For years Kazu has run her trendy eating place with a mixture of appeal and shrewdness. but if the middle-aged entrepreneur falls in love with one among her consumers, an aristocratic retired flesh presser, she renounces her enterprise with a purpose to turn into his spouse. however it isn't really really easy to give up her self sufficient spirit, and finally Kazu needs to choose from her marriage and the calls for of her irrepressible power. After the dinner party is an impressive portrait of political and family warfare.

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The political scene in Rome was largely dominated by the young Caesar, so he bore the brunt of Romans’ anger and frustration, despite all the attempts he made to put politics back on a foundation in law. Among his most angry and frustrated opponents were the members of the old senatorial families. To increase the number of his supporters in the Senate, Octavian arranged for many new people to be voted into office as quaestors, tribunes of the plebs, aediles, and praetors. He recruited them from cities previously not represented in the Senate, and placed them in office; they were his puppets, and Octavian could depend on them for political support.

43 A New Political Order Those so inclined could view these and further changes that were still to come against the backdrop of the preceding chaos. In Rome temples and shrines were restored. All Roman citizens were counted again in the first census for 40 years. The resulting tally of 4,063,000 citizens represented a fourfold increase since the last census in 69 bc and demonstrated Rome’s strength. Augustus made a point of including the figure in the Res Gestae. In the year 30 bc Octavian also received the right to raise new men to the ranks of the patriciate.

He laid siege to 20 The Triumvirate Brundisium, which was occupied by the troops of his rival. Once again, however, the legions committed to the Caesarian cause refused to fight, following their centurions. The centurions had become important figures politically, largely because they could influence the men under their command. The two leaders were compelled to seek an agreement. In the autumn of 40 bc Octavian and Antony approved the treaty of Brundisium, which ultimately proved a great success for Octavian.

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