The Historiography of Late Republican Civil War is part of a burgeoning new trend that focuses on the great impact of
stasis and civil war on Roman society. This volume specifically concentrates on the Late Republic, a transformative period marked by social and political violence,
stasis, factional strife, and civil war. Its constitutive chapters closely study developments and discussions concerning the concept of civil war in the late republican and early imperial historiography of the late Republic, from L. Cornelius Sulla Felix to the Severan dynasty.
Carsten Hjort Lange (PhD University of Nottingham, 2008) is Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. Publications include two monographs,
Res Publica Constituta: Actium, Apollo and the Accomplishment of the Triumviral Assignment (Brill, 2009) and
Triumphs in the Age of Civil War: The Late Republic and the Adaptability of Triumphal Tradition (Bloomsbury, 2016), as well as two co-edited volumes,
The Roman Republican Triumph (Quasar, 2014) and the award-winning
Cassius Dio: Greek Intellectual and Roman Politician (Brill, 2016).
Frederik Juliaan Vervaet (PhD Ghent University, 2002) is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of
The High Command in the Roman Republic (Steiner Verlag, 2014) and co-editor of
Despotism and Deceit in the Greco-Roman World (Brill, 2010),
The Roman Republican Triumph (Quasar, 2014) and
Eurasian Empires in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2017), and has published a wide range of papers in Roman republican and early imperial history.
Contributors are: Carsten H. Lange; Frederik J. Vervaet; Andrew J. Turner; Richard Westall; John A. Lobur; Henriette van der Blom; Josiah Osgood; Pedro López Barja de Quiroga; Dexter Hoyos; Eleanor Cowan; Michèle Lowrie; Barbara Vinken; Honora H. Chapman; Federico Santangelo; Rhiannon Ash; David Wardle; Bram L.H. ten Berge; Kathryn Welch; Jesper M. Madsen.
"The volume is a welcome addition to numerous recent studies on the civil wars of the late Republic – which continues to be an area of productive research – focusing as it does on the integral importance of historiography and reflecting on the creation of the narratives we have available. (...) As full translations have been provided throughout, the volume is highly accessible. The editors have put together a substantial contribution to the ongoing work on Late Republican civil war, which perhaps most strikingly draws out, through its focus on historiography and individual authors, the ongoing fascination and influence of those wars for authors of subsequent periods of Rome’s history." Hannah Cornwell in
Acta Classica LXIV (2021)
"The editors bring together experts on ancient Roman historians in an attempt to define and understand these Roman historians’ concepts of civil war. Ultimately, this volume demonstrates that there is not one single narrative but multiple narratives on the impact of civil war" M. A. Byron,
Historiography of Rome and Its Empire Series Carsten H. Lange and Jesper M. Madsen
Notes on Contributors
Historiography and Civil War Carsten Hjort Lange and Frederik Juliaan Vervaet
Sulla and the Origins of the Concept of Bellum Civile Carsten Hjort Lange and Frederik Juliaan Vervaet
The Lost Historians of Late Republican Civil War Andrew J. Turner
Fragmentary Historians and the Roman Civil Wars Richard Westall
Civil War and the Biographical Project of Cornelius Nepos John Alexander Lobur
Bellum Civile in Cicero: Terminology and Self-fashioning Henriette van der Blom
Caesar, Civil War, and Civil War Josiah Osgood
Sallust as a Historian of Civil War Pedro López Barja de Quiroga
Augustus, the Res Gestae and the End of Civil War: Unpleasant Events? Carsten Hjort Lange
Livy on the Civil Wars (and After): Morality Lost? Dexter Hoyos
Velleius Paterculus: How to Write (Civil War) History Eleanor Cowan
Married to Civil War: a Roman Trope in Lucan’s Poetics of History Michèle Lowrie and Barbara Vinken
Josephus’s Jewish War and Late Republican Civil War Honora Howell Chapman
Plutarch and the Late Republican Civil Wars Federico Santangelo
Civilis rabies usque in exitium (Histories 3.80.2): Tacitus and the Evolving Trope of Republican Civil War during the Principate Rhiannon Ash
Suetonius on the Civil Wars of the Late Republic David Wardle
Epitomizing Discord: Florus on the Late Republican Civil Wars Bram L.H. ten Berge
Appian and Civil War: a History without an Ending Kathryn Welch
In the Shadow of Civil War: Cassius Dio and His Roman History Jesper M. Madsen
All interested in civil war and the history of Rome, especially in the Late Republic, and anyone concerned with Greco-Roman historiography, especially informed laypersons as well as university students at all levels and scholars.