The Roman Historians

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The Roman Historians provides a clear survey and a critical analysis of five centuries of historical writing in and about ancient Rome. The book examines authors of various historical genres - narrative, biography, and autobiography - and places them within the political and social framework of the late Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Since Roman historiography is an extension of political conflict and moral discourse, all these writings are examined within the context of Roman public life. This book ...
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Overview

The Roman Historians provides a clear survey and a critical analysis of five centuries of historical writing in and about ancient Rome. The book examines authors of various historical genres - narrative, biography, and autobiography - and places them within the political and social framework of the late Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Since Roman historiography is an extension of political conflict and moral discourse, all these writings are examined within the context of Roman public life. This book illuminates how and why Roman authors told the stories of their past. All Roman historical writing is highly political and deeply moral, and we see here how the political experience and moral vision of the historian shape the historical narrative and intimately inform the content, the rhetoric, and the literary style of the history.
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A companion to T. J Luce's analogous treatment of Greek historians, offers the background to allow modern readers make the necessary adjustments and enjoy<-->or at least comprehend and appreciate<-- >accounts of the past written in what is now the long past. Discusses the origins of Roman historiography, Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman biography and autobiography, and historical writing at Rome. All quotations are in English. The text itself is unencumbered by scholastic paraphernalia, but the back matter identifies the translations quoted and recommends further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415117739
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/3/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Mellor is Professor of History at U.C.L.A. He is the author of Tacitus (1993) and Historians of Ancient Rome: An Anthology (1997).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Origins of Roman historiography 6
2 Sallust 30
3 Livy 48
4 Tacitus 76
5 Ammianus Marcellinus 110
6 Roman biography 132
7 Autobiography at Rome 165
8 Historical writing at Rome 185
Notes 201
Further Reading 202
Index 205
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