Historiography and Imagination

Eight Essays on Roman Culture

T. P. Wiseman

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ISBN: 9780859894227

Publication: May 1, 1994

Series: Exeter Studies in History

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How did the Romans make sense of their own past? And how can we make sense of it, when the evidence for early Rome and the Republic is so inadequate? In this volume, Professor Wiseman focuses on some of the more unfamiliar aspects of the Roman experience, where the historian needs not just knowledge but imagination too. The first essay in the book, the 1993 Ronald Syme Lecture 'The Origins of Historiography', argues that dramatic performances at the public games were the medium through which the Romans in the 'pre-literary' period made sense of their own past. All Latin and Greek source material is translated.

T. P. Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Roman History at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy. He came to Exeter in 1977, and was Head of Department from 1977 to 1990.

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.
  Classical Review

... 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

Format: Paperback

Size: 204 × 148 mm

192 Pages

ISBN: 9780859894227

Publication: May 1, 1994

Series: Exeter Studies in History

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