Herodian's World

Empire and Emperors in the III Century


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The History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus of Herodian in eight books, written in Greek, is a key source for the period from the reign of Commodus (AD 180) to that of Gordian III (238). Herodian is an eyewitness and the only contemporary historian whose work has come down to us in full. His point of view is all the more valuable because he is an outsider with respect to both court historiography, whose flattery he stigmatized, and to senatorial historians, represented mainly by Cassius Dio and by the biographies in the Historia Augusta. Nonetheless, Herodian has often been harshly criticized as a historian. This volume aims to shed light on the different areas and themes in which his historical work moves - literary technique, political lexicon, religious conception, geographical space, economic, political, cultural and military themes - to better understand the relevance of his historiographical approach and his historical thought.

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Alessandro Galimberti (Ph.D. Università di Perugia, 1999) is Professor of Roman History at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia. He has published monographs (on Flavius Josephus, Hadrian, Commodus, Caracalla) and many articles on history and historiography of the I-III century.

Contributors are Agnès Arbo, Mario Baumann, Agnès Bérenger, Pierangelo Buongiorno, Omar Coloru, Alessandro Galimberti, Olivier Hekster, Adam Kemezis, Karine Laporte, Christopher Mallan, Laura Mecella, Daniela Motta, Pierfrancesco Porena, Umberto Roberto, Maria Ruiz del Árbol Moro.
Alessandro Galimberti

Part 1: Herodian’s Historiographical Thought

1 Narrative Technique and Genre: Herodian the Novelist?
Adam Kemezis

2 Speeches and Speech Units in Herodian: The Limitations of Rhetoric?
Christopher Mallan

3 Caracalla on Stage. A Case Study in Herodian’s Dramatic Historiography and Reader-Response
Mario Baumann

4 Herodian, Memory and Judgement: Emperors and Their Death
Olivier Hekster and Karine Laporte

5 Βασιλεύς, δέσπότης or ἄρχων? Thoughts on the Lexicon of the Emperor and the Principate in Herodian’s Work
Agnès Arbo

6 Herodian and the Paideia of the Good Emperor: The Case of Severus Alexander
Umberto Roberto

7 Religion in Herodian
Alessandro Galimberti

Part 2: Themes of Herodian Historiography: Politics, Army and Geography

8 The demos in Herodian
Daniela Motta

9 The Attitude of Herodian towards the Roman Senate
Pierangelo Buongiorno

10 Herodian’s Perception of the Provincial Reality
Agnès Bérenger

11 The Emperor, the Coin, the Soldiers
Pierfrancesco Porena

12 Landscape and Geography in Herodian’s Work
Maria Ruiz de l’Árbol

13 Herodian and the Italic Peninsula
Laura Mecella

14 The Iranian World of Herodian
Omar Coloru

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