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Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans: Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian (Adam M Kemezis) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2014) 9781107062726
Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans: Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian (Adam M Kemezis) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2014) 9781107062726
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Title: Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans: Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian

Author: Kemezis, Adam M

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781107062726

Volumes: 1;

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The political instability of the Severan Period (AD 193?235) destroyed the High Imperial consensus about the Roman past and caused both rulers and subjects constantly to re-imagine and re-narrate both recent events and the larger shape of Greco-Roman history and cultural identity. This book examines the narratives put out by the new dynasty, and how the literary elite responded with divergent visions of their own. It focuses on four long Greek narrative texts from the period (by Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian), each of which constructs its own version of the empire, each defined by different Greek and Roman elements and each differently affected by dynastic change, especially that from Antonine to Severan. Innovative theories of narrative are used to produce new readings of these works that bring political, literary and cultural perspectives together in a unified presentation of the Severan era as a distinctive historical moment.Table of Contents1. Introduction2. From Antonine to Severan3. Cassius Dio: the last Annalist4. Philostratus' Apollonius: Hellenic perfection on an imperial stage5. Philostratus' Sophists: Hellas' Antonine golden age6. Herodian: a dysfunctional RomeAppendix 1. The date of composition of Dio's historyAppendix 2. The dates and addressees of Philostratus' Apollonius and SophistsAppendix 3. The date, scope and author of Herodian's history
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