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Fighting for Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War

Fighting for Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War

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For the Roman writers "Fighting for Rome" became not the expansive imperialism of the all-conquering Republic, but a collapse into horror and un-Roman autocracy brought about by the Caesars' fighting for control of Rome. The essays in this volume range across the literary forms—history and satire, lyric and epic—working closely with particular texts. Conceived over the decade after the Cold War, they have been updated and rewritten to make a book that brings the ancient texts before the reader in a strikingly immediate way.

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ISBN-13: 9780521580267
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Histories of the Civil Wars: 1. Three men in a vote: proscription (Appian, Civil wars 4.1-6); 2. XPDNC: writing Caesar (On the civil war); Part II. Horace: 3. On getting rid of kings: Horace, Satires 1.7; 4. Polishing off the politics: Horace's Ode to Pollio (Odes 2.1); Part III. Epic: 5. Lucan: the word at war; 6. Statius' Thebaid: form (p)remade; Part IV. Histories of Rome: 7. Tacitus: the world in pieces; 8. Livy and the invention of history; Date chart; Bibliography; Indexes.

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