By Peter Michael Swan
Written within the author's maternal Greek, the Roman background of the third-century A.D. historian Cassius Dio is our fullest surviving ancient resource for the reign of the Emperor Augustus. within the Augustan Succession Peter Michael Swan presents an abundant ancient and historiographic remark on Books 55-56 of the historical past. those books recount Augustus's final twenty-three years (9 B.C.-A.D. 14), within which the getting older monarch, amid dynastic tragedies and armed forces setbacks, orchestrated the continuation of the constitutional and imperial procedure constructed less than his management, which resulted in his transmission of strength to his son-in-law Tiberius. The Augustan Succession is the 1st remark because the eighteenth century to provide complete and clean therapy of this phase of Dio's work.This remark will pay shut serious recognition to Dio's historic resources, tools, and assumptions because it additionally strives to provide him as a determine in his personal correct. in the course of a longevity (ca. 164-after 229), Dio served as a Roman senator below seven emperors from Commodus to Severus Alexander, ruled 3 Roman provinces, and was once two times consul. An acute and modern observer of broad event, located just about the seat of imperial strength, he was once a confident character who embodied deeply conservative political and social perspectives and prejudices. a lot of these components tell the pages of Dio's Augustan narrative, as does, specifically, his doctrine that the simplest therapy for the concerns of his personal age of "rust and iron" used to be rule at the version of Augustus. this can be an old observation on Books 55-56 of Dio's Roman historical past. those books recount the final half the reign of the Emperor Augustus, exceptionally his orchestration of the 1st imperial succession. Addressed to either scholars and students, the recent statement is the 1st because the eighteenth century to supply complete and clean remedy of this phase of Dio's paintings.
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The pains he took with them are apparent in the relentlessly elevated style, the decorous reminiscences of Plato and particularly Thucydides, and in conceits, wordplay, highly wrought sentence structure, 115. In other words he will treat these last amply. Cf. ” 116. 3). 117. Select bibliography: F. Millar, “Some Speeches in Cassius Dio,” MH 18 (1961), 11–22, esp. 11–15, a survey; Millar Study 78–83, 100–101; van Stekelenburg Redevoeringen; Gowing Narratives 225–245 (“Speeches”). Cf. J. Woodman, Rhetoric in Classical Historiography: Four Studies (London, 1988), 11–15 and nn (on how far speeches in ancient historiography could depart from speech-events).
109. See further Swan “Augustan Books” 2543–2548. 24 Introduction survive in Books 51–56 range in length from six or eight lines to over 400; in genre from merest bulletin to variegated literary composite; in style from jejune to pyrotechnic; in historicity from solid reliability to plausible fiction. I use the label “abstract” of all but the most elaborate of these since they are evidently the product of Dio’s abridging fuller external accounts provided by his source(s). It is on the “abstracts” that I focus here.
D. , Books 51–56, encounters a heterogeneous pastiche: some sixty year-accounts of widely variable character and length (from under twenty lines to over 500), entailing a medley of subgenres ranging from bare catalogues of events through dramatic military narratives to grandiloquent set speeches. How is one to approach this miscellany? 1 Dio as a Roman Annalist The constant that more than anything else gives order to the disparate elements that constitute Dio’s narrative in Books 51–56 is the unbroken chain of year80.
The Augustan Succession: An Historical Commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman History Books 55-56 (9 B.C.-A.D. 14) (American Classical Studies) by Peter Michael Swan