Cassius Dio and the Late Roman Republic


Volume Editors: Josiah Osgood and Christopher Baron
Cassius Dio’s Roman History is an essential, yet still undervalued, source for modern historians of the late Roman Republic. The papers in this volume show how his account can be used to gain new perspectives on such topics as the memory of the conspirator Catiline, debates over leadership in Rome, and the nature of alliance formation in civil war.
Contributors also establish Dio as fully in command of his narrative, shaping it to suit his own interests as a senator, a political theorist, and, above all, a historian. Sophisticated use of chronology, manipulation of annalistic form, and engagement with Thucydides are just some of the ways Dio engages with the rich tradition of Greco-Roman historiography to advance his own interpretations.

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Josiah Osgood, Ph.D. (2002), Yale University, is Chair and Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. He has published monographs, textbooks, translations, and articles on Rome including Rome and the Making of a World State, 150 BCE - 20 CE (Cambridge University Press).
Christopher Baron, Ph.D. (2006), University of Pennsylvania, is Associate Professor of Classics (Concurrent in History) at the University of Notre Dame. Publications include Timaeus of Tauromenium and Hellenistic Historiography (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and numerous articles on Greco-Roman historical writing.

Contributors are: Christopher Baron, Estelle Bertrand, Christopher Burden-Strevens, Jesper Carlsen, Marianne Coudry, Carsten Hjort Lange, Mads Ortving Lindholmer, Jesper Majbom Madsen, Konstantin V. Markov, Josiah Osgood, Andrew G. Scott, Gianpaolo Urso, Kathryn Welch
"This volume makes a valuable contribution to our appreciation of the history of the late Republic while going some way to explicating the inner logic that drives the narrative of Dio’s Roman History. Moreover, as a whole, the volume represents a valuable snapshot of current scholarly approaches to Cassius Dio’s work." C.T. Mallan in The Classical Review (2020)

"Abschließend verbleibt lediglich, zu betonen, dass es sich um einen gelungenen, vielseitigen Beitrag zur Forschung zu Cassius Dios Werk handelt, der sowohl neue Perspektiven bietet als auch ältere Thesen erweitert und vertieft und in Zukunft zu einem wichtigen Anlaufpunkt der einschlägigen Forschung werden wird. Es soll daher der Hoffnung Ausdruck verliehen werden, dass das offensichtlich sehr fruchtbare Forschungsprojekt, dem der Band sein Entstehen verdankt, auch in Zukunft weiterhin vergleichbare Beiträge produzieren wird." Jens Fischer, BMCR 2020.05.29
All interested in the history of Rome, especially in the late Republic, and anyone concerned with Greco-Roman historiography.