Pliny's Praise : The Panegyricus in the Roman World
Pliny's Panegyricus (AD 100) survives as a unique example of senatorial rhetoric from the early Roman Empire. It offers an eyewitness account of the last years of Domitian's principate, the reign of Nerva and Trajan's early years, and it communicates a detailed senatorial view on the behaviour expected of an emperor. It is an important document in the development of the ideals of imperial leadership, but it also contributes greatly to our understanding of imperial political culture more generally. This volume, the first ever devoted to the Panegyricus, contains expert studies of its key historical and rhetorical contexts, as well as important critical approaches to the published version of the speech and its influence in antiquity. It offers scholars of Roman history, literature and rhetoric an up-to-date overview of key approaches to the speech, and students and interested readers an authoritative introduction to this vital and under-appreciated speech.
- Electronic book text | 224 pages
- 30 Jun 2011
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
1. Pliny's thanksgiving: an introduction to the Panegyricus Paul Roche; 2. Self-fashioning in the Panegyricus Carlos F. Norena; 3. The Panegyricus and the monuments of Rome Paul Roche; 4. The Panegyricus and rhetorical theory D. C. Innes; 5. Ciceronian praise as a step towards Pliny's Panegyricus Gesine Manuwald; 6. Contemporary contexts Bruce Gibson; 7. Politics and the sublime in the Panegyricus G. O. Hutchinson; 8. Down the pan: historical exemplarity in the Panegyricus John Henderson; 9. Afterwords of praise Roger Rees.
About Paul Roche
Paul Roche is Senior Lecturer in Latin at the University of Sydney. He has published a number of articles and chapters on the literature and history of the early Roman Empire, and has a particular focus on politics and public imagery in Domitianic and Trajanic Rome. He is the author of Lucan, De Bello Civili Book 1: A Commentary (2009) and the editor (with W. J. Dominik and J. G. Garthwaite) of Writing Politics in Imperial Rome (2009).