Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography


Volume Editors: Aske Damtoft Poulsen and Arne Jönsson
Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography contains 11 articles on how the Ancient Roman historians used, and manipulated, the past. What did they seek to accomplish by participating in its re-creation, what tools did they have at their disposal to do so, and which underlying conceptualisations of history can we glimpse behind their efforts? Key themes include the impact of the transformation from Republic to Empire on the production of history, the nature of intertextuality in historical writing, and the frontiers between history and other literary genres. The volume, edited by Aske Damtoft Poulsen and Arne Jönsson, encompasses diverse approaches to the study of Roman history and historiography, with contributors from the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Italy.

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Aske Damtoft Poulsen graduated from Lund University in 2018 with a thesis on Accounts of Northern Barbarians in Tacitus’ Annales. He is currently Carlsberg Foundation Internationalisation Fellow at Bristol University with a project on peace and power in the Roman Principate.
Arne Jönsson is professor emeritus in Latin at Lund University. He has specialised in historical-philological research with editions and studies on St. Birgitta of Sweden, Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna, Sophia Elisabet Brenner, and the Linnaeus disciple Daniel Rolander.

Contributors are: Rhiannon Ash, Roberto Cristofoli, Aske Damtoft Poulsen, Kyle Khellaf, Christopher B. Krebs, Christina Shuttleworth Kraus, Anne-Marie Leander Touati, Rachel Lilley Love, Ulrike Roth, Kai Ruffing & Johan Vekselius.
Notes on Contributors
List of Figures
References and Abbreviations
Historiography of Rome and Its Empire Series
Carsten H. Lange and Jesper M. Madsen

Introduction: Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography
Aske Damtoft Poulsen

Part 1: Coming to Terms with the Principate

1 Velleius Paterculus and the Battle of Actium
Roberto Cristofoli

2 In Short, the Republic: Florus and the (Re)Written Republic
Rachel Lilley Love

3 Principatus ac Libertas!? Tacitus, the Past and the Principate of Trajan
Kai Ruffing

Part 2: Intertextuality and Intratextuality

4 “Making History”: Constructive Wonder (aka Quellenforschung) and the Composition of Caesar’s Gallic War (Thanks to Labienus and Polybius)
Christopher B. Krebs

5 When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes … Livy (and Polybius) on the Gallic Sack of Rome
Ulrike Roth

6 Livy’s Faliscan Schoolmaster
Christina Shuttleworth Kraus

7 From Thrasea Paetus to Calgacus – or Was It the Other Way Around? An Example of Tacitean Intratextuality
Aske Damtoft Poulsen

Part 3: The Frontiers of Historiography

8 The Staging of Death: Tacitus’ Agrippina the Younger and the Dramatic Turn
Rhiannon Ash

9 Tiberius and Tears: Grief and Genre
Johan Vekselius

10 Migration and Mobile Memory in the Roman Historical Digression
Kyle Khellaf

11 Epilogue: History in Pompeii
Anne-Marie Leander Touati

Index Nominum et Rerum
Scholars and students of Ancient Roman history, historiography, and literature.