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.
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.
Introduction 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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