A Companion to Tacitus
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World, Band 146 1. Aufl.
A Companion to Tacitus brings much needed clarity and accessibility to the notoriously difficult language and yet indispensable historical accounts of Tacitus. The companion provides both a broad introduction and showcases new theoretical approaches that enrich our understanding of this complex author. Tacitus is one of the most important Roman historians of his time, as well as a great literary stylist, whose work is characterized by his philosophy of human nature Encourages interdisciplinary discussion intended to engage scholars beyond Classics including philosophy, cultural studies, political science, and literature Showcases new theoretical approaches that enrich our understanding of this complex author Clarifies and explains the notoriously difficult language of Tacitus Written and designed to prepare a new generation of scholars to examine for themselves the richness of Tacitean thought Includes contributions from a broad range of established international scholars and rising stars in the field
Notes on Contributors viii Abbreviations xiii Introduction 1 Victoria Emma Pagán PART I Texts 13 1 The Textual Transmission 15 Charles E. Murgia 2 The Agricola 23 Dylan Sailor 3 Germania 45 James B. Rives 4 Tacitus' Dialogus de Oratoribus: A Socio-Cultural History 62 Steven H. Rutledge 5 The Histories 84 Jonathan Master 6 The Annals 101 Herbert W. Benario PART II Historiography 123 7 Tacitus' Sources 125 David S. Potter 8 Tacitus and Roman Historiography 141 Arthur Pomeroy 9 The Concentration of Power and Writing History: Forms of Historical Persuasion in the Histories (1.1-49) 162 Olivier Devillers PART III Interpretations 187 10 Deliberative Oratory in the Annals and the Dialogus 189 Christopher S. van den Berg 11 Tacitus' Senatorial Embassies of 69 CE 212 Kathryn Williams 12 Deuotio, Disease, and Remedia in the Histories 237 Rebecca Edwards 13 Tacitus in the Twenty-First Century: The Struggle for Truth in Annals 1-6 260 Barbara Levick 14 Tacitus' History and Mine 282 Holly Haynes 15 Seneca in Tacitus 305 James Ker PART IV Intertextuality 331 16 Annum quiete et otio transiit: Tacitus (Ag. 6.3) and Sallust on Liberty, Tyranny, and Human Dignity 333 Christopher B. Krebs 17 "Let us tread our path together": Tacitus and the Younger Pliny 345 Christopher Whitton 18 Tacitus and Epic 369 Timothy A. Joseph 19 Silius Italicus and Tacitus on the Tragic Hero: The Case of Germanicus 386 Eleni Manolaraki and Antony Augoustakis 20 Historian and Satirist: Tacitus and Juvenal 403 Catherine Keane PART V Theoretical Approaches 429 21 Masculinity and Gender Performance in Tacitus 431 Thomas Späth 22 Women and Domesticity 458 Kristina Milnor 23 Postcolonial Approaches to Tacitus 476 Nancy Shumate 24 Tacitus and Political Thought 504 Daniel Kapust Bibliography 529 Index 565
“In sum, this volume is highly recommended – to the novice or the expert alike – in its multiple forms and functions: as an effective introduction to the works of Tacitus; as a refresher on Tacitus’ formative role in shaping Latin historiographical practice and the reception of Latin historical writing by contemporary and modern readerships; as a collection of critically nuanced responses to the literary sophistication of Tacitus’ approaches to producing meaning in its many guises; and as a curative for critiques of Tacitus’ writing which fail to recognize the richness of his intellectual palette.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 31 February 2014) “With its sensible blend of traditional philology and theoretical innovation, this companion makes, overall, a significant contribution to Tacitean scholarship...The editorial quality of this companion is excellent…The book is well organized and user-friendly…More than enough to guide the kind of readership for which this companion is intended, especially in English.” (The Classical Review, 1 September 2013) “Here is a work that indicates clearly why Tacitus and his works still matter.” (Reference Reviews, 1 May 2013) “Even so, the whole remains more than the sum of its excellent parts. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 August 2012)
Victoria Emma Pagán is Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Florida. She is the author of Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History (2004), Rome and the Literature of Gardens (2006), A Sallust Reader (2009), and Conspiracy Theory in Ancient Rome: Conjecture and Social Status (forthcoming), and has published over a dozen articles on Latin literature.
Tacitus (c. 56-120 CE) is the last in the trinity of great Roman historians. Keen to portray the struggle between individual and society, perhaps most memorably characterized by the ever-troubled relationships between princeps and senate, general and soldier, and governor and provincials, his history is inextricably bound with his philosophy of human nature. Tacitus’ notoriously difficult language means that perhaps no other classical Latin author requires a general companion more. By providing standard background information necessary for an enhanced appreciation of this historian, A Companion to Tacitus offers a broad introduction to the fundamentals of Tacitean studies. At the same time, the volume showcases new theoretical approaches that enrich our understanding of this complex author. The companion includes contributions from a broad range of established scholars and rising stars in the field, who bring new clarity to the work of this great Roman historian, and a fresh accessibility to the richness of Tacitean thought to the next generation of scholars.
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