The Play Of Allusion In The Historia Augusta<i/>

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

byDavid Rohrbacher

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By turns outlandish, humorous, and scatological, the Historia Augusta is an eccentric compilation of biographies of the Roman emperors and usurpers of the second and third centuries. Historians of late antiquity have struggled to explain the fictional date and authorship of the work and its bizarre content (did the Emperor Carinus really swim in pools of floating apples and melons? did the usurper Proculus really deflower a hundred virgins in fifteen days?). David Rohrbacher offers, instead, a literary analysis of the work, focusing on its many playful allusions. Marshaling an array of interdisciplinary research and original analysis, he contends that the Historia Augusta originated in a circle of scholarly readers with an interest in biography, and that its allusions and parodies were meant as puzzles and jokes for a knowing and appreciative audience.

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By turns outlandish, humorous, and scatological, the Historia Augusta is an eccentric compilation of biographies of the Roman emperors and usurpers of the second and third centuries. Historians of late antiquity have struggled to explain the fictional date and authorship of the work and its bizarre content (did the Emperor Carinus real...

David Rohrbacher is associate professor of classics at New College of Florida. He is the author of The Historians of Late Antiquity.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299306003

ISBN - 13:9780299306007

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Table of Contents

Preface                       
List of Abbreviations             
 
Introduction               
1 Allusion in the Historia Augusta                
2 The Historia Augusta and the Ancient Reader                   
3 Religion in the Historia Augusta                 
4 Imperial History Reimagined                      
Afterword                  
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index              
Index Locorum

Editorial Reviews

“A valuable literary study that synthesizes a large, diffuse body of scholarship, integrating it in an intelligent argument about the literary milieu in which the Historia Augusta emerged. The Historia Augusta has long needed a study like this one.”—Adam Kemezis, University of Alberta