Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire

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This book, a sequel to Clio and the Poets (Brill 2002), takes as its point of departure Quintilian's statement that 'historiography is very close to the poets': it examines not only how verse interfaces with historical texts but also how first-century AD Roman historians engage with issues and patterns of thought central to contemporary poetry and with specific poetic texts. Included are substantive discussions of a wide range of authors, notably Lucan, Seneca, Statius, Pliny, Juvenal, Silius Italicus, and Tacitus.

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John F. Miller, Ph.D. (North Carolina), is Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia and author of Ovid's Elegiac Festivals: Studies in the Fasti (1991), Apollo, Augustus, and the Poets (forthcoming 2009), and many articles on Roman poetry and the reception of Ovid. He was editor-in-chief of Classical Journal from 1991 to 1998 and has edited two collaborative volumes on Greek and Latin literature.

A.J. Woodman, Ph.D. (Cambridge), is Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia and author of Rhetoric in Classical Historiography (1988), Latin Historians (1997, with C.S. Kraus) and Tacitus Reviewed (1998) and commentaries on Velleius Paterculus (1977, 1983) and (with R.H. Martin) Tacitus, Annals 3 (1996) and 4 (1989). He has produced award-winning translations of Sallust and Tacitus' Annals and has co-edited numerous volumes on Latin poetry and historical writing.
"...Quintilian’s proxima poetis is in fact an apposite characterization of Roman historiography. The editors and the publisher are to be congratulated for this important and thought-provoking collection." Jakub Pigoń in BMCR, 14.8.2011

John F. Miller & A. J. Woodman

1 Crowds and Leaders in Imperial Historiography and in Epic
Philip Hardie

2 Causation in Post-Augustan Epic
Bruce Gibson

3 Too close? Historian and Poet in the Apocolocyntosis
Cynthia Damon

4 Cannibalising History: Livian Moments in Statius’ Thebaid
Helen Lovatt

5 Replacing History: Inaugurating the New Year in Statius, Siluae 1.4
Jean-Michel Hulls

6 The Eruption of Vesuvius in the Epistles of Statius and Pliny
Carole Newlands

7 From Sallust to Silius Italicus: Metus Hostilis and the Fall of Rome in the Punica
John Jacobs

8 Rhoxolani Blues (Tacitus, Histories 1.79): Virgil’s Scythian Geography Revisited
Rhiannon Ash

9 Ac rursus noua laborum facies: Tacitus’ Repetition of Virgil’s Wars (Histories 3.26–34)
Timothy A. Joseph

10 Amicus Caesaris: Vibius Crispus in the Works of Juvenal and Tacitus
Kathryn Williams

11 The Unfortunate Marriage of Gaius Silius: Tacitus and Juvenal on the Fall of Messalina
Christopher Nappa

12 The Figure of Seneca in Tacitus and the Octavia
Matthew Taylor
Students and scholars of Latin literature generally, and of the Roman historians and poets specifically; university libraries
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