Latin Panegyric

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What was Roman political praise for and what could it achieve? Could it have literary merit? What do the surviving examples of Roman political praise-giving reveal about the circumstances and milieu in which they originated?

Latin Panegyric brings together sixteen essays focusing on praise in the Roman Empire and, in particular, on praise of the emperor. Spanning a century of scholarship, and constituting landmark studies on different aspects of the largest collection of ...

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Overview


What was Roman political praise for and what could it achieve? Could it have literary merit? What do the surviving examples of Roman political praise-giving reveal about the circumstances and milieu in which they originated?

Latin Panegyric brings together sixteen essays focusing on praise in the Roman Empire and, in particular, on praise of the emperor. Spanning a century of scholarship, and constituting landmark studies on different aspects of the largest collection of classical Latin oratory to survive after Cicero--the Panegyrici Latini--this collection includes speeches addressed to the emperors Trajan, Maximian, Constantine, Julian, and Theodosius, and traces three centuries of oratorical praise-giving in the Roman world. These influential readings consider textual, rhetorical, literary, political, and religious matters, and together represent the evolving landscape of academic attitudes towards praise discourse, with its strengths and problems, and towards some of the best-known Roman emperors. With a full introduction by the editor, and with four essays translated into English for the first time, this valuable volume plots the narratives of Roman praise and gives students of classical literature, history, and rhetoric direct access to key scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199576715
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Series: Oxford Readings in Classical Studies
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Rees is Reader in Latin at St Andrews University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Part I. Introductions
1. The Modern History of Latin Panegyric, Roger Rees
2. Preface to the OCT Edition of the XII Panegyrici Latini, R. A. B. Mynors
3. The Origin of the Panegyrici Latini Collection, Ren� Pichon
Part II. Pliny's Panegyricus
4. Pliny and the Panegyricus, Betty Radice
5. Praise and Protreptic in Early Imperial Panegyric: Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, Susanna Morton Braund
6. Two Levels of Orality in the Genesis of Pliny's Panegyricus, Elaine Fantham
7. iubes esse liberos: Pliny's Panegyricus and Liberty, Mark Morford
8. The Art of Sincerity: Pliny's Panegyricus, Shadi Bartsch
9. Divine Comedy? Accession Propaganda in Pliny Epistles 10.1-2 and the Panegyric, Stanley Hoffer
Part III. The Gallic Panegyrics
10. Latin Panegyric in the Tetrarchic and Constantinian Period, C. E. V. Nixon
11. Imagery in Panegyrics, Sabine MacCormack
12. The Corpus of Latin Panegyrics from Late Antiquity: Problems of Imitation, E. Vereeke
13. Locutions and Formulae of the Latin Panegyrist, W. S. Maguinness
14. Divine Insinuation in the Panegyrici Latini, Barbara Saylor Rodgers
15. Aspects of Constantinian Propaganda in the Panegyrici Latini, Brian Warmington
16. The Panegyric of Claudius Mamertinus on the Emperor Julian, Roger Blockley
17. The Ideal of the Ruler and Attachment to tradition in Pacatus' Panegyric, Adolf Lippold
Bibliography Acknowledgements Index

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