The Roman Historians

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Routledge, Jan 31, 2002 - History - 224 pages
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The Romans' devotion to their past pervades almost every aspect of their culture. But the clearest image of how the Romans wished to interpret their past is found in their historical writings. This book examines in detail the major Roman historians:
* Sallust
* Livy
* Tacitus
* Ammianus
as well as the biographies written by:
* Nepos
* Tacitus
* Suetonius
* the Augustan History
* the autobiographies of Julius Caesar and the Emperor Augustus.

Ronald Mellor demonstrates that Roman historical writing was regarded by its authors as a literary not a scholarly exercise, and how it must be evaluated in that context. He shows that history writing reflected the political structures of ancient Rome under the different regimes.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Origins of Roman historiography
6
2 Sallust
30
3 Livy
48
4 Tacitus
76
5 Ammianus Marcellinus
110
6 Roman biography
132
7 Autobiography at Rome
165
8 Historical writing at Rome
185
Notes
201
Further Reading
202
Index
205

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