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Emperors and Historiography: Collected Essays on the Literature of the Roman Empire by Daniel den Hengst

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In this collection of essays Roman historical and biographical texts are studied from a literary point of view. The main interest of the author, Daniël den Hengst, professor emeritus of Latin at the University of Amsterdam, concerns the development of Roman historiography, the ways in which Roman historians present their work and the intertextual relations between these works and other literary genres. Special attention is given to the Historia Augusta and Ammianus Marcellinus, but also authors from the classical...

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Overview

In this collection of essays Roman historical and biographical texts are studied from a literary point of view. The main interest of the author, Daniël den Hengst, professor emeritus of Latin at the University of Amsterdam, concerns the development of Roman historiography, the ways in which Roman historians present their work and the intertextual relations between these works and other literary genres. Special attention is given to the Historia Augusta and Ammianus Marcellinus, but also authors from the classical period, such as Cicero, Livy and Suetonius and their ideas about historiography are discussed. The articles demonstrate that a detailed interpretation of these texts in the original language is indispensable to understanding the aims and methods of ancient historians and biographers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004174382
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #319
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Diederik W.P. Burgersdijk, Ph.D. (2009) teaches classical languages at Barlaeusgymnasium, Amsterdam, and is guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam. He is presently working on a study of style and structure of the Historia Augusta.

Joop A. van Waarden, Ph.D. (2009) is a former headmaster of Bonhoeffer College in Castricum and guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His study of the episcopal letters in the seventh book of Sidonius Apollinaris' correspondence will be published in 2010.

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Table of Contents

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Preface 1

Chronological bibliography of Daniel den Hengst 5

I Prose of the Late Republic and Early Empire

1 Cicero and History 15

2 Die, Marce Tulli! Cicero's Attitude Towards the Caesarians After Caesar's Death 27

3 Memoria, thesaurus eloquentiae. The Auctor ad Herennium, Cicero and Quintilian on Mnemotechnics 41

4 The Preface to Livy's Ab urbe condita 52

5 Alexander and Rome 68

6 The Biographies of the Roman Emperors 84

7 Latin Historiography and Plutarch 100

II Historia Augusta

8 Verba, non res. Uber die Inventio in den Reden und Schriftstucken in der Historia Augusta 109

9 The Author's Literary Culture 123

10 Die Poesie in der Historia Augusta. Bemerkungen zur Opiliusvita 130

11 Selbstkommentare in der Historia Augusta 140

12 Some Notes on the Vita Taciti 154

13 'The Plato of Poets': Vergil in the Historia Augusta 160

14 The Discussion of Authorship 177

15 Die Kausalkonjunktionen quod, quia und quoniam in der Historia Augusta 186

16 Review of: Histoire Auguste. 4,2: Vies des deux Autcliens et desdeux Galliens, ed. O. Desbordes, S. Ratti, Paris 2000 195

17 Review of: Histoire Auguste. 5,1: Vies d'Autelien et de Tacite, ed. F. Paschoud, Paris 1996 200

18 Review of: Histoire Auguste. 5,2: Vies de Probus, Firmus, Saturninus, Proculus et Bonose, Carus, Numerien, et Carin, ed. F. Paschoud, Paris 2001 209

III Ammianus Marcellinus

19 The Romanization of Julian 219

20 Ammianus Marcellinus on Astronomy (Resgestae 20.3) 230

21 The Scientific Digressions in Ammianus' Resgestae 236

22 Hidden Polemics: Ammianus' Digression on Egypt (Res gestae 21.15-16) 248

23 Senium Imperii 259

24Mantuanus yates excelsus. Vergil in the Resgestae of Ammianus Marcellinus 269

25 Literary Aspects ofAmmianus' Second Digression on Rome 274

26 Vir utriusque literaturae non vulgariter callens emunctaeque naris. Sur Ghelen, editeur d'Ammien Marcellin 293

27 Vir heroicis connumerandus ingeniis. Ammianus' Final Verdict on the Emperor Julian 306

28 Preparing the Reader for War. Ammianus' Digression on Siege Engines 321

Bibliography 333

Index locorum 345

Historia Augusta 353

Ammianus Marcellinus 356

Index nominum antiquorum 359

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