Historiography and Imagination
Eight Essays on Roman Culture
T.P. Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Classics at Exeter University and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Introduction 1. The Origins of Roman Historiography 2. Roman Legend and Oral Tradition 3. Monuments and the Roman Annalists 4. Lucretius, Catiline and the Survival of Prophecy 5. Satyrs in Rome? 6. The Necessary Lesson 7. Who Was Crassicius Pansa? 8. Conspicui postes tectaque digna deo Abbreviations Notes Index Illustrations Figure i. Acroterion from Forum Bovarium temple Figure ii. The Ficoroni Cista, 15 Figure iii. Roman didrachm showing Victoria Figure iv. Antefix from temple of Castor Figure v. Bronze mirror from Bolsena Figure vi. Antefix from Satricum temple Figure vii. The Palatine and its neighbourhood Figure viii. The Augustan complex on the Palatine
Wiseman regales us here with yet another volume of essays on linked themes and this collection shows him in vintage form. All his characteristic virtues are on display - stylistic elegance and wit, dazzling eruditic and imaginative flair ... This is a rich and rewarding volume.
... this is an extremely useful book ... The final essay is Professor Wiseman at his very best, integrating sensitive interpretation of literary texts with erudite material, to present a fascinating exposition of the ideological significance of elite residences in ancient Rome.
Times Literary Supplement
Size: 204 x 148 mm
Publication: May 1, 1994
Series: Exeter Studies in History