Published online by Cambridge University Press: 05 August 2021
Livy’s History is very interested in the way that societies are maintained by belief in a host of shared fictions. The Roman citizenship is Livy’s prime example of this process, as Rome keeps recreating the model of citizenship as more and more new people come into the Roman sphere. The fictive power of the citizenship allows it to be redescribed from generation to generation. The citizenship is not a matter of shared blood or of a shared place of birth; it is a corporate fiction that can in theory accommodate anyone as a member.