In Praise of Later Roman Emperors: The Panegyrici Latini

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University of California Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 735 pages
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"The Gallic panegyrics are as evocative of fourth-century Roman culture as are the letters of Symmachus or the sermons of Ambrose. Having these documents available in English translation with a detailed historical commentary will be a boon to teacher and scholar alike."—Robert A. Kaster, Professor of Classics, The University of Chicago

"Rodgers and Nixon expose rich seams of material. Their balanced and well-informed text and commentaries will be of enormous help in introducing students to the significance and fascination of late-third and fourth-century history."—John F. Drinkwater, University of Nottingham, England

"This is a real step forward in the study of late antique texts. The authors show just how much one can get out of texts that are still so easily dismissed."—Sabine MacCormack, author of Art and Ceremony in Late Antiquity
 

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Page 12 - Animi semper vera laus, sed non una per hoc opus via ducitur. Namque alias aetatis gradus gestarumque rerum ordinem sequi speciosius fuit, ut in primis annis laudaretur indoles, tum disciplinae, post hoc operum id est factorum dictorumque contextus ; alias in species virtutum dividere laudem, fortitudinis, iustitiae, continentiae ceterarumque, ac singulis adsignare, quae secundum quamque earum gesta erunt.
Page 354 - Nam cum sit hoc natura commune animantium, ut habeant libidinem procreandi, prima societas in ipso coniugio est, proxima in liberis, deinde una domus, communia omnia ; id autem est principium urbis et quasi seminarium rei publicae.
Page 22 - Seminibus, bello nec satis apta manus. Nil dubites auctore bono. mortalia quaerunt Consilium. certus iussa capesse dei. Scribere me Augustus iubet et mea carmina poscit Paene rogans: blando uis latet imperio. 10 Non habeo ingenium, Caesar sed iussit : habebo. Cur me posse negem, posse quod ille putat?
Page 544 - Quamquam multa mihi ex illis quoque hoc in tempore necessario transeunda sunt ac potissimum ea quibus officio delati mihi a diuinitate uestra honoris interfui, captus scilicet rex ferocissimae nationis inter ipsas quas moliebatur insidias et a ponte Rheni usque ad...
Page 157 - Aedui, proportioned to the greater wealth of the state and the distance of the force which should repress it. Sacrovir with some armed cohorts had made himself master of Augustodunum, the capital of the tribe, with the noblest youth of Gaul, there devoting themselves to a liberal education, and with such hostages he proposed to unite in his cause their parents and kinsfolk.
Page 660 - Romanorum ducum famosa funeribus, quicquid umquam in principes nostros inclementius fecit, excusat obsequio. denique 20 ipse ille rex eius dedignatus antea confiteri hominem iam fatetur timorem et in his te colit templis in quibus colitur, tum legatione mittenda, gemmis sericoque praebendo, ad hoc triumphalibus beluis in tua esseda suggerendis, etsi adhuc nomine foedera- 25 tus, iam tamen tuis cultibus tributarius est.
Page 650 - ... ^Non frustra plane opinione sapientium, qui naturalium momenta causarum subtilius sciscitati arcanis caelestibus nobiles curas intulerunt, augustissima quaeque species plurimum creditur trahere de caelo. Siue enim diuinus ille animus uenturus in corpus dignum prius metatur hospitium siue, cum uenerit, pro...
Page 546 - Quaenam umquam mirabimur ualla castrorum post 5 4 hoc nouum in mari uallum? Quid erit mirum si qua murorum aut arieti non cesserit firmitas aut machinas despexerit altitudo, cum Oceanus ille tanto libratus impetu, tanta mole consurgens, siue ulterioribus, ut ferunt, terris repulsus siue anhelitu quem respirat euectus seu quacumque alia ratione motus, numquam tua, Caesar, claustra perfregerit neque omnino 10 conuellerit tot dierum ac noctium receptu recursuque?
Page 649 - ... itaque rem totam esse faciamus et in quodam orbis terrarum comitio quaeri putemus, quisnam sit ille qui debeat tantam molem subire et nutantia Romanae rei fata suscipere.
Page 650 - Tibi 25 istud soli pateat, imperator, cum deo consorte secretum; illud dicam quod intellexisse hominem et dixisse fas est: talem esse debere qui gentibus adoratur, cui toto orbe terrarum priuata uel publica uota redduntur, a quo petit nauigaturus serenum peregrinaturus reditum pugnaturus auspicium.

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C. E. V. Nixon is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Barbara Saylor Rodgers is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Vermont.

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