Fighting For Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War by John HendersonFighting For Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War by John Henderson

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

byJohn Henderson

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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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.
Title:Fighting For Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521028663

ISBN - 13:9780521028660


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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"...the patient reader (even if his or her patience is often tried) will find consistent nuggets of gold. It's what makes Henderson worth reading: it's part of his (c)harm." Classical World