Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars by Brian Breed

Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

EditorBrian Breed, Cynthia Damon, Andreola Rossi

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Civil wars, more than other wars, sear themselves into the memory of societies that suffer them. This is particularly true at Rome, where in a period of 150 years the Romans fought four epochal wars against themselves. The present volume brings together exciting new perspectives on the subjectby an international group of distinguished contributors. The basis of the investigation is broad, encompassing literary texts, documentary texts, and material culture, spanning the Greek and Roman worlds. Attention is devoted not only to Rome's four major conflicts from the period between the 80s BCand AD 69, but the frame extends to engage conflicts both previous and much later, as well as post-classical constructions of the theme of civil war at Rome. Divided into four sections, the first ("Beginnings, Endings") addresses the basic questions of when civil war began in Rome and when it ended."Cycles" is concerned with civil war as a recurrent phenomenon without end. "Aftermath" focuses on attempts to put civil war in the past, or, conversely, to claim the legacy of past civil wars, for better or worse. Finally, the section "Afterlife" provides views of Rome's civil wars from moredistant perspectives, from those found in Augustan lyric and elegy to those in much later post-classical literary responses. As a whole, the collection sheds new light on the ways in which the Roman civil wars were perceived, experienced, and represented across a variety of media and historicalperiods.

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Brian Breed is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Cynthia Damon is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Andreola Rossi has taught at various institutions, including Princeton University, Harvard University, and Amherst College.
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Title:Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil WarsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbout the ContributorsList of FiguresIntroduction (The Editors)I. Beginnings, Endings1. T. P. Wiseman: The two-headed state: How Romans explained civil war2. William W. Batstone: Word at war: The prequel3. Harriet I. Flower: Rome's first civil war and the fragility of republican political culture4. Cam Grey: Civil war? What civil war? Usurpers in the Historia AugustaII: Cycles5. Christopher Pelling: "Learning from that violent schoolmaster": Thucydidean intertextuality and some Greek views of Roman civil war6. Rhiannon Ash: Tarda moles civilis belli: The weight of the past in Tacitus' Histories7. Daivd Quint: Aeacidae Pyrrhi: Patterns of myth and history in Aeneid 1-68. Andreola Rossi: Ab urbe condita: Roman history on the shield of AeneasIII: Aftermath9. Kurt A. Raaflaub: Creating a grand coalition of true Roman citizens: On Caesar's political strategy in the civil war10. Michele Lowrie: Spurius Maelius: Dictatorship and the homo sacer11. Barbara Kellum: Representations and re-presentations of the battle of Actium12. Elaine Fantham: Discordia fratrum: Aspects of Lucan's conception of civil warIV: Afterlife13. Andrew Feldherr: "Dionysiac poetics" and the memory of civil war in Horace's Cleopatra ode14. Brian W. Breed: Propertius on not writing about civil wars (Brian W15. Alain M. Gowing: "Caesar grabs my pen": Writing civil war under Tiberius16. Cynthia Damon: Intestinum scelus: Preemptive execution in Tacitus' Annals17. Denis Feeney: Doing the numbers: The Roman mathematics of civil war in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra18. Richard Thomas: "My brother got killed in the war": Internecine intertextuality19. Bibliography