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.
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 ) 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