Pliny's Praise: The Panegyricus in the Roman World

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Paul Roche
Cambridge University Press, May 26, 2011 - History
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Pliny's Panegyricus (AD 100) survives as a unique example of senatorial rhetoric from the early Roman Empire. It offers an eyewitness account of the last years of Domitian's principate, the reign of Nerva and Trajan's early years, and it communicates a detailed senatorial view on the behaviour expected of an emperor. It is an important document in the development of the ideals of imperial leadership, but it also contributes greatly to our understanding of imperial political culture more generally. This volume, the first ever devoted to the Panegyricus, contains expert studies of its key historical and rhetorical contexts, as well as important critical approaches to the published version of the speech and its influence in antiquity. It offers scholars of Roman history, literature and rhetoric an up-to-date overview of key approaches to the speech, and students and interested readers an authoritative introduction to this vital and under-appreciated speech.

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an introduction to the Panegyricus
chapter 2 Selffashioning in the Panegyricus
chapter 3 The Panegyricus and the Monuments of Rome
chapter 4 The Panegyricus and rhetorical theory
chapter 5 Ciceronian praise as a step towards Plinys Panegyricus
chapter 6 Contemporary contexts
chapter 7 Politics and the sublime in the Panegyricus
historical exemplarity in the Panegyricus
chapter 9 Afterwords of praise
Index locorum
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About the author (2011)

Paul Roche is Senior Lecturer in Latin at the University of Sydney. He has published a number of articles and chapters on the literature and history of the early Roman Empire, and has a particular focus on politics and public imagery in Domitianic and Trajanic Rome. He is the author of Lucan, De Bello Civili Book 1: A Commentary (2009) and the editor (with W. J. Dominik and J. G. Garthwaite) of Writing Politics in Imperial Rome (2009).

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