Suetonius the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Hardcover | August 3, 2014

EditorPower, Tristan, Roy K. Gibson

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The biographer Suetonius is one of the most fascinating writers of ancient Rome, but he is rarely afforded serious critical attention. This volume of new essays focuses on the various aspects of Suetonius' work, from his lost biographical writing on Roman courtesans to his imperial portraitsof the Caesars.Beginning with an introduction that assesses the originality of Suetonius as a writer and situates the essays within the context of debates and controversies over his biographical form, the collection addresses the issues surrounding his style, themes, and early influence on literature in threeparts. The first part discusses formal features of Suetonian biography, such as his literary techniques, manners of citation and quotation, and devices of allusion and closure. The middle section is devoted to readings of the individual Lives, treating several topics - from Suetonius' decision tobegin his collection with Julius Caesar, to fictional elements in his death scene of the emperor Caligula, and to the theme of solitude in his Life of Domitian. The last part examines the ways in which Suetonius transgresses the boundaries of ancient biography by looking at his influence onepistolographers, antiquarians, commentators, and later biographers. This volume is essential reading for anyone who wants to know why Suetonius' Lives are such a unique and powerful medium for the stories of ancient Rome, and how they became the primary model for later biography.

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The biographer Suetonius is one of the most fascinating writers of ancient Rome, but he is rarely afforded serious critical attention. This volume of new essays focuses on the various aspects of Suetonius' work, from his lost biographical writing on Roman courtesans to his imperial portraitsof the Caesars.Beginning with an introduction...

Tristan Power has taught Classics at the University of Reading. His publications include a chapter on Suetonius' Illustrious Men in K. De Temmerman and K. Demoen (eds.), Telling Ancient Lives: Narrative Technique and Fictionalization in Greek and Latin Biography (forthcoming). Roy K. Gibson is Professor of Latin at the University of M...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:August 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsEditions and AbbreviationsTristan Power: Introduction: The Originality of SuetoniusPart I: Formal Features1. Donna W. Hurley: Suetonius' Rubric Sandwich2. Cynthia Damon: Suetonius the Ventriloquist3. Tristan Power: The Endings of Suetonius' CaesarsPart II: Reading the Lives4. John Henderson: Was Suetonius' Julius a Caesar?5. Rebecca Langlands: Exemplary Influences and Augustus' Pernicious Moral Legacy6. Erik Gunderson: E.g. Augustus: exemplum in the Augustus and Tiberius7. Donna W. Hurley: Rhetorics of Assassination: Ironic Reversal and the Emperor Gaius8. W. Jeffrey Tatum: Another Look at Suetonius' Titus9. Jean-Michel Hulls: The Mirror in the Text: Privacy, Performance, and the Power of Suetonius' DomitianPart III: Biographical Thresholds10. Roy K. Gibson: Suetonius and the uiri illustres of Pliny the Younger11. Tristan Power: Suetonius' Famous Courtesans12. T. P. Wiseman: Suetonius and the Origin of Pantomime13. Jamie Wood: Suetonius and the De uita Caesarum in the Carolingian EmpireBibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index