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Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales by Jackie Elliott

Ennius' Annales, which is preserved only in fragments, was hugely influential on Roman literature and culture. This book explores the genesis, in the ancient sources for Ennius' epic and in modern scholarship, of the accounts of the Annales with which we operate today. A series of appendices detail each source's contribution to our record of the poem, and are used to consider how the interests and working methods of the principal sources shape the modern view of the poem and to re-examine the limits imposed and the possibilities offered by this ancient evidence. Dr Elliott challenges standard views of the poem, such as its use of time and the disposition of the gods within it. She argues that the manifest impact of the Annales on the collective Roman psyche results from its innovative promotion of a vision of Rome as the primary focus of the cosmos in all its aspects.

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ISBN-13: 9781316613498
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/23/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 606
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jackie Elliott is an Assistant Professor in Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She works primarily on Roman literary history and the interaction of the epic and historiographical traditions at Rome. She has received fellowships from the American Academy at Rome and the Loeb Foundation.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Ennius and the annalistic tradition at Rome; 2. The Vergiliocentric sources and the question of the evidence: Ennius and the epic tradition of Greece and Rome; 3. The pre-Vergilian sources; 4. The Annales as historiography: Ennius and the invention of the Roman past; 5. Imperium sine fine: the Annales and universal history; Epilogue; Appendices.

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