Emperors and Historiography: Collected Essays on the Literature of the Roman Empire by Danièel Den Hengst

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BRILL, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 362 pages
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In this collection of essays Roman historical and biographical texts are studied from a literary point of view. The main interest of the author, Dani l den Hengst, professor emeritus of Latin at the University of Amsterdam, concerns the development of Roman historiography, the ways in which Roman historians present their work and the intertextual relations between these works and other literary genres. Special attention is given to the "Historia Augusta" and Ammianus Marcellinus, but also authors from the classical period, such as Cicero, Livy and Suetonius and their ideas about historiography are discussed. The articles demonstrate that a detailed interpretation of these texts in the original language is indispensable to understanding the aims and methods of ancient historians and biographers.
  

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Contents

Chronological bibliography of Daniël den Hengst
5
Cicero and History
15
After Caesars Death
27
Memoria thesaurus eloquentiae The Auctor ad Herennium
41
The Preface to Livys Ab urbe condita
52
Alexander and Rome
68
The Biographies of the Roman Emperors
84
Latin Historiography and Plutarch
100
Histoire Auguste 42 Vies des deux Auréliens
195
Histoire Auguste 52 Vies deProbus Firmus
209
The Romanization of Julian
219
Ammianus Marcellinus on Astronomy Res gestae 20 3
230
The Scientific Digressions in Ammianus Res gestae
236
Ammianus Digression on Egypt
248
Senium Imperii
259
Mantuanus vates excelsus Vergil in the Res gestae
269

Verba non res Über die Inventio in den Reden
109
The Authors Literary Culture
123
Die Poesie in der Historia Augusta Bemerkungen zur Opiliusvita
130
Selbstkommentare in der Historia Augusta
140
Some Notes on the Vita Taciti
154
Vergil in the Historia Augusta
160
The Discussion of Authorship
177
Die Kausalkonjunktionen quod quia und quoniam in
186
Vir utriusque literaturae non vulgariter callens emunctaeque naris
293
Vir heroicis connumerandus ingeniis Ammianus Final Verdict
306
Preparing the Reader for War Ammianus Digression
321
Bibliography
333
Index locorum
345
Index nominum antiquorum
359
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About the author (2010)

Diederik W.P. Burgersdijk, Ph.D. (2009) teaches classical languages at Barlaeusgymnasium, Amsterdam, and is guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam. He is presently working on a study of style and structure of the "Historia Augusta." Joop A. van Waarden, Ph.D. (2009) is a former headmaster of Bonhoeffer College in Castricum and guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His study of the episcopal letters in the seventh book of Sidonius Apollinaris' correspondence will be published in 2010.