By Jesper Majbom Madsen, Roger David Rees

ISBN-10: 9004277382

ISBN-13: 9789004277380

Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing explores the ways that Greek and Latin writers from the past due 1st to the third century CE skilled and portrayed Roman cultural associations and gear. The imperative topic is the connection among cultures as mirrored in Greek and Latin authors’ responses to Roman strength; in perform the gathering revisits the orthodoxy of 2 separate highbrow teams, differentiated as a lot by means of cultural and political schedule as via language. The publication positive aspects experts in Greek and Roman literary and highbrow tradition; it gathers papers on quite a few authors, throughout a number of literary genres, and during this spectrum, makes attainable an educated and particular comparability of Greek and Latin literary perspectives of Roman strength (in numerous manifestations, together with army, faith, legislations and politics).

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58 For the help for Smyrna, Aristid. Or. 5–8; for his general approval of emperors’ support of the Asian cities, Aristid. Or. 40; Swain 1996: 287. 60 Despite the critique of the principate, Philostratus’ thoughts on ideal rule were not different from the views found in other writers, in both Greek and Latin. In the dialogue between Apollonius and Vespasian, where the latter seeks advice on how to rule in a competent manner, Apollonius advises the aspiring princeps that he should always honour the gods, never punish wrong advice, rule in accordance with the law, not transfer his power to his sons unless they were morally ready, abstain from collecting wealth but assist the needy and protect the property of the rich (VA.

In the dialogue between Apollonius and Vespasian, where the latter seeks advice on how to rule in a competent manner, Apollonius advises the aspiring princeps that he should always honour the gods, never punish wrong advice, rule in accordance with the law, not transfer his power to his sons unless they were morally ready, abstain from collecting wealth but assist the needy and protect the property of the rich (VA. 61 Philostratus has been seen as someone who may have accepted Roman rule but at the same was committed to an exclusive model of Hellenic culture.

The reference to a system now (νῦν) in place, suggests that Dio was referring to a reign recently inaugurated or at least to a regime which had replaced a less fortunate one, which in neither case suggests that Dio was referring to the kingdom of Zeus (Dio Chrys. Or. 50). 23 As a newly elected consul with a weight of generic expectation on his shoulders, Pliny spoke in front of 19 Aristotle Pol. 7. 20 Homer Il. 190f; Aristotle, Rhet. 1406a23. 21 Swain 1996: 195. 22 Pliny Pan. 45. Moles 1990: 355–6.

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