Literary Texts and the Roman Historian

Literary Texts and the Roman Historian

Literary Texts and the Roman Historian

Literary Texts and the Roman Historian


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.


I owe a great deal of thanks to many who have helped in the course of the composition of this book, though none greater than to my wife, Ellen, and our daughter Claire, for the way that they have dealt with a persistently distracted husband or father, and brightened every day.

To friends and students who have read this book, or been subjected to the formation of the opinions that have gone into it over the years, I owe a very great deal. So too it is a pleasure to thank Richard Stoneman for his invitation to write this book, and his extreme patience with a dilatory author. I would also like to thank Morgen Witzel for his copyediting, and Sarah Brown for seeing this book through the rest of the production process.

In particular I must thank Glen Bowersock, who read an early draft, and set me straight on a number of important issues. An extremely generous referee for Routledge contributed very helpful suggestions at a later stage. Brian Schmidt guided me on matters of Near Eastern history, and John Dillery contributed some extremely helpful advice throughout the process of composition. Maud Gleason read through the whole text with extraordinary care, correcting countless lapses of style and taste, improving virtually every page.

While I was finishing this book, my old friend George Forrest died. It was in his study, over countless afternoons, that I learned my way around the historiography of the classical world. If this book can help others in anything like the same way, it will have served its purpose.

The copy of Jacoby that I took with me to see George belongs to my father. My mother and father have encouraged me at every stage in my career, and it was at home in New York, in an apartment filled with books, that I first imagined what the study of history might be like. It

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