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Sallust's Histories and triumviral historiography : confronting the end of history

Author: Jennifer Gerrish
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Routledge studies in ancient history.
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Sallust's Histories and Triumviral Historiography explores the historiographical innovations of the first century Roman historian Sallust, focusing on the fragmentary Histories, an account of the turbulent years after the death of the dictator Sulla. The Histories were written during the violent transition from republic to empire, when Rome's political problems seemed insoluble and its morals hopelessly decayed. The  Read more...
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History
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Gerrish, Jennifer.
Sallust's Histories and Triumviral Historiography : Confronting the End of History.
Milton : Routledge, ©2019
Named Person: Sallust
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Gerrish
ISBN: 9781315437361 1315437368 9781315437354 131543735X 9781315437378 1315437376 9781315437347 1315437341
OCLC Number: 1102475211
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 157 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction: History Under the Triumvirs Chapter One: Reading the HistoriesI. Reading FragmentsII. Sallust's Triumviral World: Between Republic and EmpireIII. Sallust's Approach to History Chapter Two: Analogical HistoriographyI. Analogical HistoriographyII. Training the ReaderIII. Allusion, Repetition, and TraumaIV. Analogy and the Histories' Call to Action Chapter Three: Historians in the HistoriesI. Who Can Write History?II. Sertorius: TensionIII. Pompey: A ChallengeIV. Spartacus: Actor in Search of Auctor V. Historians in the Histories Chapter Four: Digressive DigressionsI. Scylla II. The Blessed IslesIII. Implications Chapter Five: Triumviral Historiography and the End of History Index
Series Title: Routledge studies in ancient history.
Responsibility: Jennifer Gerrish.

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Sallust's Histories and Triumviral Historiography explores the historiographical innovations of the first century Roman historian Sallust, focusing on the fragmentary Histories, an account of the turbulent years after the death of the dictator Sulla. The Histories were written during the violent transition from republic to empire, when Rome's political problems seemed insoluble and its morals hopelessly decayed. The ruling triumvirate of Octavian, Mark Antony, and Lepidus created a false sense of hope for the future, relentlessly insisting that they were bringing peace to the republic. The Histories address the challenges posed to historians by both civil war and authoritarian rule. What does it mean, Sallust asks, to write history under a regime that so skillfully manipulates or even replaces facts with a more favorable narrative? Historiography needed a new purpose to remain relevant and useful in the triumviral world. In the Histories, Sallust adopts an analogical method of historiography that enables him to confront contemporary issues under the pretext of historical narrative. The allusive Histories challenge Sallust's audience to parse and analyze history as it is being "written" by the actors themselves and to interrogate the relationship between words and deeds. The first monograph in any language on the Histories, this book offers comprehensive reading of Sallust's third and final work, featuring discussion of a wide selection of fragments beyond the speech and letters, set-pieces that have generally been studied in isolation. It offers a valuable resource for academics and postgraduates working on ancient historiography and Latin literature more generally; it will also be of interest to ancient historians working on the late Roman Republic. With English translations of all Greek and Latin passages, this book will also be useful for undergraduate and graduate courses on historiography, Latin literature, and Roman history.

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