Brill’s Companion to Cassius Dio


This Companion is the first of its kind on the Roman historian Cassius Dio. It introduces the reader to the life and work of one of the most fundamental but previously neglected historians in the Roman historical cannon. Together the eighteen chapters focus on Cassius Dio’s background as a Graeco-Roman intellectual from Bithynia who worked his way up the political hierarchy in Rome and analyzes his Roman History as the product of a politically engaged historian who carefully ties Rome’s constitutional situation together with the city’s history.

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Jesper Majbom Madsen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark, is co-editor of Brill’s Historiography of Rome and Its Empire Series. He is the author of Eager to be Roman: Greek Response to Roman Rule in Pontus and Bithynia (2009) and is the co-editor of Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing: Double Vision (2014). Apart from the co-edited volume Cassius Dio: Greek Intellectual and Roman Politician (2016) he has published extensively on Cassius Dio including “Cassius Dio and the Cult of Iulius and Roma at Ephesus and Nicaea (51.20.6–8)” (Classical Quarterly 66/1 [2016]) and Cassius Dio (2020). His latest book From Trophy Towns to City-States; Urban Civilization and Cultural Identities in Roman Pontus (2020) was recently published.
Andrew G. Scott in an Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Villanova University (Villanova, PA, USA). He is the author of Emperors and Usurpers: an historical commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman history, books 79 (78)-80 (80) (217-229 CE) (OUP 2018) and co-editor (with Carsten H. Lange) of Cassius Dio: The Impact of Violence, War, and Civil War (Brill 2020). He has also written numerous articles and book chapters on the histories of Cassius Dio and Herodian, as well as on various aspects of Spartan social history.
Contributors are: Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen, Sulochana R. Asirvatham, Luke Pitcher, Caillan Davenport, Christopher T. Mallan, Josiah Osgood, Adam M. Kemezis, Christopher Baron, Estelle Bertrand, Jesper Majbom Madsen, Eleanor Cowan, Antonio Pistellato, Andrew G. Scott, Marianne Coudry, Christopher Burden-Strevens, Roger Rees, Caitlin C. Gillespie, Carsten H. Lange
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Reviewing Cassius Dio
Jesper Majbom Madsen and Andrew G. Scott

Part 1 Cassius Dio, Greek Intellectual and Roman Politician

1 Cassius Dio’s Bithynian Background
Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen

2 Cassius Dio’s Greek and Roman Identity
Sulochana R. Asirvatham

3 Cassius Dio and Greco-Roman Historiography
Luke Pitcher

4 The Senator’s Story
Caillan Davenport

Part 2 Text and Reception

5 From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: Cassius Dio’s Roman History in Western Europe, 1421–1750
Christopher T. Mallan

6 Cassius Dio in Gibbon
Josiah Osgood

7 A Survey of Recent Scholarship on Cassius Dio
Adam M. Kemezis

Part 3 Chronological Surveys

8 The Lost Books of Cassius Dio’s Roman History (1–35)
Christopher Baron

9 Cassius Dio and the Last Decad(e)s of the Roman Republic: Understanding the Collapse of the Republican Regime (Books 21–50)
Estelle Bertrand

10 The Almost Flawless Princeps: Cassius Dio’s Idealized Portrait of Octavian-Augustus
Jesper Majbom Madsen

11 Cassius Dio and the Julio-Claudians: Fear and Loathing in the Early Principate
Eleanor Cowan

12 Cassius Dio and the Emperors: From the Flavians to the Antonines
Antonio Pistellato

13 Cassius Dio and the Age of Iron and Rust
Andrew G. Scott

Part 4 Key Themes

14 The Republican Speeches
Marianne Coudry

15 The Agrippa-Maecenas Debate
Christopher Burden-Strevens

16 “To Bury Caesar”: The Poetics and Polemics of Funerary Oratory in Cassius Dio
Roger Rees

17 Women, Politics, and Morality in Cassius Dio’s Roman History
Caitlin C. Gillespie

18 Cassius Dio on Civil War: Between History and Theory
Carsten H. Lange

University students and scholars working in the field of Roman history or Greco-Roman historiography. Fits Year student through to master’s degrees and post grad students.
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