Fighting for Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War

Fighting for Rome: Poets and Caesars, History and Civil War


By (author) John Henderson


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  • Format: Hardback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 24mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521580269
  • ISBN 13: 9780521580267
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The essays in Fighting for Rome confront the traumatic disjunction between the militarist culture of classical Rome, with its heavy investment in valour, conquest and triumph, and the domination of its history by civil war, where Roman soldiers killed so many Romans for control of Rome. The essays gathered and rewritten here range across the literary forms (history, satire, lyric and epic) and work closely with the ancient texts (Appian and Julius Caesar; Horace; Lucan and Statius; Tacitus and Livy). Close reading and powerful translation communicate the ancient writers' efforts to grasp and respond to the Roman civil wars, and to their product, Roman terror under the Caesars. The book aims to bring to life strong reactions to a world order run by civil war.

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"...the patient reader (even if his or her patience is often tried) will find consistent nuggets of gold. It's what makes Henderson worth reading: it's part of his (c)harm." Classical World

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Histories of the Civil Wars: 1. Three men in a vote: proscription (Appian, Civil wars 4.1-6); 2. XPDNC: writing Caesar (On the civil war); Part II. Horace: 3. On getting rid of kings: Horace, Satires 1.7; 4. Polishing off the politics: Horace's Ode to Pollio (Odes 2.1); Part III. Epic: 5. Lucan: the word at war; 6. Statius' Thebaid: form (p)remade; Part IV. Histories of Rome: 7. Tacitus: the world in pieces; 8. Livy and the invention of history; Date chart; Bibliography; Indexes.