This book, a sequel to
Clio and the Poets (Brill 2002), takes as its point of departure Quintilian's statement that 'historiography is very close to the poets': it examines not only how verse interfaces with historical texts but also how first-century AD Roman historians engage with issues and patterns of thought central to contemporary poetry and with specific poetic texts. Included are substantive discussions of a wide range of authors, notably Lucan, Seneca, Statius, Pliny, Juvenal, Silius Italicus, and Tacitus.
John F. Miller, Ph.D. (North Carolina), is Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia and author of
Ovid's Elegiac Festivals: Studies in the Fasti (1991),
Apollo, Augustus, and the Poets (forthcoming 2009), and many articles on Roman poetry and the reception of Ovid. He was editor-in-chief of
Classical Journal from 1991 to 1998 and has edited two collaborative volumes on Greek and Latin literature.
A.J. Woodman, Ph.D. (Cambridge), is Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia and author of
Rhetoric in Classical Historiography (1988),
Latin Historians (1997, with C.S. Kraus) and
Tacitus Reviewed (1998) and commentaries on Velleius Paterculus (1977, 1983) and (with R.H. Martin) Tacitus, Annals 3 (1996) and 4 (1989). He has produced award-winning translations of Sallust and Tacitus' Annals and has co-edited numerous volumes on Latin poetry and historical writing.
...Quintilian’s proxima poetis is in fact an apposite characterization of Roman historiography. The editors and the publisher are to be congratulated for this important and thought-provoking collection." Jakub Pigoń in
Table of contents
John F. Miller & A. J. Woodman
1 Crowds and Leaders in Imperial Historiography and in Epic
2 Causation in Post-Augustan Epic
3 Too close? Historian and Poet in the Apocolocyntosis
4 Cannibalising History: Livian Moments in Statius’ Thebaid
5 Replacing History: Inaugurating the New Year in Statius, Siluae 1.4
6 The Eruption of Vesuvius in the Epistles of Statius and Pliny
7 From Sallust to Silius Italicus: Metus Hostilis and the Fall of Rome in the Punica