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Private and public lies : the discourse of despotism and deceit in the Graeco-Roman world /
edited by Andrew J. Turner, James H. Kim On Chong-Gossard, and Frederik Juliaan Vervaet.
Leiden, the Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
xx, 439 p. ; 25 cm.
9004187758 (hardback : alk. paper), 9789004187757 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Leiden, the Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
9004187758 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004187757 (hardback : alk. paper)
general note
"Represents the proceedings of the conference ... held at the University of Melbourne from 7-10 July 2008"--Pref.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [387]-423) and indexes.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Andrew J. Turner, Ph.D. (2000) in Classics, University of Melbourne, was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2005-2008. He is co-author of Eadmer of Canterbury (Oxford, 2006), and co-editor of a digital edition of a manuscript of Terence (Oxford, 2010). James H. Kim On Chong-Gossard, Ph.D. (1999) in Classical Philology, University of Michigan, is a Senior Lecturer in classics at The University of Melbourne. He is author of Gender and Communication in Euripides' Plays: Between Song and Silence (Brill, 2008). Frederik Juliaan Vervaet, Ph.D. (2002) in History, Ghent University, is a Lecturer in ancient history at The University of Melbourne. He has published extensively on Roman republican history in such journals as Klio, Latomus, and Athenaeum.
Description for Reader
Specialists, students, and academic libraries interested in Graeco-Roman history, in particular the late Roman republican and Augustan periods; Roman epic; Roman biography; late antiquity; Athenian democracy; Hellenistic monarchies
Main Description
Graeco-Roman literary works, historiography, and even the reporting of rumours were couched as if they came in response to an insatiable desire by ordinary citizens to know everything about the lives of their leaders, and to hold them to account, at some level, for their abuse of constitutional powers for personal ends. Ancient writers were equally fascinated with how these same individuals used deceit as a powerful tool to disguise private and public reality. The chapters in this collection examine the themes of despotism and deceit from both historical and literary perspectives, over a range of historical periods including classical Athens, the Hellenistic kingdoms, late republican and early imperial Rome, late antiquity, and Byzantium.
Main Description
This book examines despotism and deceit in the Graeco-Roman world from historical and literary perspectives, over a range of historical periods including classical Athens, the Hellenistic kingdoms, late republican and early imperial Rome, late antiquity, and Byzantium.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. XI
Abbreviationsp. XV
Contributiorsp. XVII
Introductionp. 1
The Graeco-Hellenistic World
Autochthonous Autocrats: The tyranny of the Athenian democracyp. 11
Phokian Desperation: Private and public in the outbreak of the 3rd Sacred Warp. 29
Truth and falsehood in early Hellenistic propagandap. 39
Tyrannizing Sicily: The despots who cried 'Carthage!'p. 51
Republican Rome
Frigidus rumor: The creation of a (negative) public image in Romep. 75
Deceit and the struggle for Roman franchise in Italyp. 91
Pouvoirs extraordinaires et tromperie. La tentation de la monarchie à la fin de la République romaine (82-44 av. J.-C.)p. 107
Augustan Dissimulation
Arrogating despotic power through deceit: the Pompeian model for Augustan dissimulatiop. 133
Deception, lies, and economy with the truth: Augustus and the establishment of the principatep. 167
Early Imperial Literature
Lucan's Cleopatrap. 195
Damn with great praise? The imperial encomia of Lucan and Siliusp. 211
What 'lies' behind Phaedrus' fables?p. 231
Mendacia maiorum: tales of deceit in pre-Republican Romep. 249
Is there an antidote to Caesar? The despot as venenum and veneficusp. 271
Who slept with whom in the Roman empire? Women, sex, and scandal in Suetonius' Caesaresp. 295
The Later Empire
From priest to emperor to priest-emperor: The failed legitimation of Elagabalusp. 331
Constantinus tyrannus: Das negative Konstantinsbild in der paganen Historiographie und seine Nuancenp. 343
Justinian, Procopius, and deception: Literary lies, imperial politics, and the archaeology of sixth-century Greecep. 355
The Broader Context
Despotism and Deceit: Yes, but what happened before and after?p. 373
Bibliographyp. 387
Indexp. 425
Index Locorump. 431
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