Roman rule in Greek and Latin Writing

Double Vision


Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing explores the ways in which Greek and Latin writers from the late 1st to the 3rd century CE experienced and portrayed Roman cultural institutions and power. The central theme is the relationship between cultures as reflected in Greek and Latin authors’ responses to Roman power; in practice the collection revisits the orthodoxy of two separate intellectual groups, differentiated as much by cultural and political agenda as by language. The book features specialists in Greek and Roman literary and intellectual culture; it gathers papers on a variety of authors, across several literary genres, and through this spectrum, makes possible an informed and detailed comparison of Greek and Latin literary views of Roman power (in various manifestations, including military, religion, law and politics).

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Roger Rees, PhD (1997), is Reader in Latin at St Andrews University. His main research and publications concern panegyric in Roman society, especially in Late Antiquity.

Jesper Majbom Madsen, PhD (2006), is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Southern Denmark. His main research and publications concern cultural identity in the Roman Empire.

Contributors include: Rhiannon Ash, Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen, Ewen Bowie, Jesper Carlsen, Bruce Gibson, Jill Harries, Joe Howley, Jason König, Jesper Majbom Madsen, John Moles and Roger Rees.

Introduction: A Roman Greek
Jesper Majbom Madsen and Roger Rees

1 Patriotism and Ambitions: Intellectual Response to Roman Rule in the High Empire
Jesper Majbom Madsen
2 Becoming Wolf, Staying Sheep
Ewen Bowie
3 Accommodation, Opposition or Other? Luke-Acts’ Stance Towards Rome
John Moles
4 Adopting the Emperor: Pliny’s Praise-giving as Cultural Appropriation
Roger Rees
5 The Representation of Greek Diplomacy in Tacitus
Bruce Gibson
6 Fractured Vision: Josephus and Tacitus on Triumph and Civil War
Rhiannon Ash
7 ‘Heus tu rhetorisce’: Gellius, Cicero, Plutarch, and Roman Study Abroad
Joseph A. Howley
8 Triple Vision: Ulpian of Tyre on the Duties of the Proconsul
Jill Harries
9 Greek History in a Roman Context: Arrian’s Anabasis of Alexander
Jesper Carlsen
10 Herodian on Greek and Roman Failings
Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen
11 Images of Elite Community in Philostratus: Re-Reading the Preface to the Lives of the Sophists
Jason König


All interested in the cultural relations and Greek and Latin literature of the Roman Empire.
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