Flavian Rome

Culture, Image, Text

The politics, literature and culture of ancient Rome during the Flavian principate (69-96 ce) have recently been the subject of intense investigation. In this volume of new, specially commissioned studies, twenty-five scholars from five countries have combined to produce a critical survey of the period, which underscores and re-evaluates its foundational importance. Most of the authors are established international figures, but a feature of the volume is the presence of young, emerging scholars at the cutting edge of the discipline. The studies attend to a diversity of topics, including: the new political settlement, the role of the army, change and continuity in Rome’s social structures, cultural festivals, architecture, sculpture, religion, coinage, imperial discourse, epistemology and political control, rhetoric, philosophy, Greek intellectual life, drama, poetry, patronage, Flavian historians, amphitheatrical Rome. All Greek and Latin text is translated.

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Anthony J. Boyle is Professor of Classics at the University of Southern California, USA and Editor of the classical literary journal Ramus. His most recent publication on Roman literature is (with R.D. Woodard) Ovid’s Fasti (2000).
William J. Dominik is Professor of Classics at the University of Otago, New Zealand and Editor of the classical journal Scholia. His most recent publications are (with A.F. Basson) Literature, Art, History: Studies on Classical Antiquity and Tradition (2002), and Words and Ideas (2002).
Valuable to a wide readership, from the undergraduate student of Roman civilisation to the specialist scholar.