Are there any similarities between the trials of Francis Bacon in England and Rutilius Rufus in Rome? What does this similarity indicate? Where do you see the difference?
Both trials were a demonstrative judicial terror of a new political force (horsemen – in Rome, parliamentarians – in England) against the most prominent representative of the traditionally ruling circles (the senate – in Rome and the king – in England). In both cases there was a demonstrative test of the rivals’ strength on the eve of the revolution. The only difference is that F. Bacon was tried for real crimes, and R. Rufa – for fictional ones.
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