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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian

1st Edition

By David Potter


232 pages

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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian looks at literary texts from the Roman Empire which depict actual events. It examines the ways in which these texts were created, disseminated and read.

Beside covering the major Roman historical authors such as Livy and Tacitus, he also considers the contributions of authors in other genres like:

* Cicero

* Lucian

* Aulus Gellius.

Literary Texts and the Roman Historian provides an accessible and concise introduction to the complexities of Roman historiography.


'This is a very lucid and accessible guide to the complicated field of historiography, from which teachers and students alike will benefit.' - JACT Review

'An extremely learned, and very personal, excursion through the byways of ancient … historiography …This is a book that is more difficult, and more important, than it appears at first glance, but its rewards are certainly worth the effort.' - Pheonix

About the Author

David S. Potter is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. he is the author of prophecy and History in the Crisis of the Roman Empire (1990) and Prophets and Emperors: Human and Divine Authority from Augustus to Theodosius (1993)

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Approaching the Ancient World

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General