Hellenism and Empire: Language, Classicism, and Power in the Greek World, AD 50-250

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Cassius Dio

INTRODUCTION

I want finally to amplify some of the attitudes of the Greek intellectuals I have been considering by turning very briefly to the historian Cassius Dio and his view of the place of Greek culture in the Roman Empire.

Coming from Nicaea in Bithynia Cassius Dio was a slightly older contemporary of Philostratus and lived from around 163/4 to after 229.1 Politically he was fully committed to the Roman empire and enjoyed a distinguished senatorial career, being consul II ordinarius with the emperor Severus Alexander in 229. His first consulship was certainly under Septimius Severus.2 Dio's relations with Severus show tensions similar to those felt by Galen. He had brought himself to the attention of the emperor by publishing and presenting to him a short work on 'the dreams and portents which gave Severus hopes of the imperial power'. Severus acknowledged this in complimentary terms ( Roman History lxxii. 23. 1-2). This work has rightly been seen as a precaution taken by a man who wanted to keep secure under the new regime the honours granted him in the brief reign of Pertinax in 193, particularly his appointment as praetor for the year 194.3 Similar is the study of the wars and civil disorders in the years after Commodus' assassination which also won imperial approval when it was published perhaps after the defeat of Severus'

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Cassius Dio lxxv. 15. 3; Millar 1964: 13, 24. For the Bithynian context see Ameling 1984b. On the History see, apart from Millar and amongst others, Manuwald 1979 ( Augustus), Bering-Staschewski 1981 (from Marcus to Severus Alexander), Fechner 1986 ( Rome's empire in the Republic).
2
Millar 1964: 204-7.
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Another pressing reason was no doubt the assistance given by Dio's homeland Nicaea to the forces of Severus' rival, Pescennius Niger, at the end of 193 ( Herodian iii. 2. 7-3. 1 gives the cause as civic rivalry with Nicomedia; cf. Robert 1977b: 22 ff. and Dio lii. 30. 3, 37. 9-10 [ Maecenas' advice about the cities]).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS vii
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Greeks 15
  • 1 - Language and Identity 17
  • 2 - The Practice of Purism 43
  • 3 - Past and Present 65
  • 4 - The Greek Novel and Greek Identity 101
  • Part Two - Greeks and Rome 133
  • 5 - Plutarch 135
  • 6 - Dio of Prusa 187
  • 7 - Arrian and Appian 242
  • 8 - Aristides 254
  • 9 - Lucian 298
  • 10 - Pausanias 330
  • II - Galen 357
  • 12 - Philostratus 380
  • 13 - Cassius Dio 401
  • Conclusion 409
  • APPENDIX A The Dating of the Greek Novels 423
  • APPENDIX B Sosius Senecio's Alleged Eastern Origin 426
  • APPENDIX C The Dating of Dio of Prusa's Rhodian and Alexandrian Orations 428
  • APPENDIX D Galen's On Theriac to Piso 430
  • Bibliography 433
  • Index 475
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