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Spectacle & Society In Livy's History

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Overview

Public spectacle—from the morning rituals of the Roman noble to triumphs and the shows of the Arena—formed a crucial component of the language of power in ancient Rome. The historian Livy (c. 60 B.C.E.-17 C.E.), who provides our fullest description of Rome's early history, presents his account of the growth of the Roman state itself as something to be seen—a visual monument and public spectacle. Through analysis of several episodes in Livy's History, Andrew Feldherr demonstrates the ways in which Livy uses specific visual imagery to make the reader not only an observer of certain key events in Roman history but also a participant in those events. This innovative study incorporates recent literary and cultural theory with detailed historical analysis to put an ancient text into dialogue with contemporary discussions of visual culture.


In Spectacle and Society in Livy's History, Feldherr shows how Livy uses the literary representation of spectacles from the Roman past to construct a new sense of civic identity among his readers. He offers a new way of understanding how Livy's technique addressed the political and cultural needs of Roman citizens in Livy's day.
In addition to renewing our understanding of Livy through modern scholarship, Feldherr provides a new assessment of the historian's aims and methods by asking what it means for the historian to make readers spectators of history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520210271
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Feldherr is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Vision and Authority in Livy's Narrative 1
I Enargeia and the Political Function of Spectacle 4
II Political Authority and the Representation of the Past in the Latin Historiographic Tradition 19
III Avarice, Vision, and Restoration 37
2 Historian and Imperator 51
I The Battle of Aquilonia (10.38-41) 55
II Ad Deos Auctores: Imperium and the "Existence" of the Gods 64
III Camillus the Historian 78
3 Duels and Devotiones 82
I Devotio 85
II Duels 92
III Torque and Crow 99
IV The Duel of the Younger Torquatus 105
4 Sacrifice, Initiation, and the Construction of the Patria 112
I The Boundaries of the Patria 116
II The Horatii and the Curiatii 123
III The Death of Horatia 132
IV Sacrifice and Perspective 144
V Sacrifice and Imperium 155
5 The Alternative of Drama 165
I The Stage and the State 169
II The Dramatic Digression (7.2) 178
III Tragedy and the Tarquins 187
IV Sacrifice and the Restoration of the Res Publica 194
V Verginia 203
App Tanaquil and the Accession of Servius Tullius 212
Epilogue 218
Bibliography 227
General Index 239
Index Locorum 243
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