Suetonius the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

ISBN : 9780198822578

Tristan Power; Roy K. Gibson
352 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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The biographer Suetonius is one of the most fascinating writers of ancient Rome, but he is rarely afforded serious critical attention. This volume of new essays focuses on the various aspects of Suetonius' work, from his lost biographical writing on Roman courtesans to his imperial portraits of the Caesars. This volume is essential reading for anyone who wants to know why Suetonius' Lives are such a unique and powerful medium for the stories of ancient Rome, and how they became the primary model for later biography.


List of Contributors
Editions and Abbreviations
Tristan Power: Introduction: The Originality of Suetonius
Part I: Formal Features
1 Donna W. Hurley: Suetonius' Rubric Sandwich
2 Cynthia Damon: Suetonius the Ventriloquist
3 Tristan Power: The Endings of Suetonius' Caesars
Part II: Reading the Lives
4 John Henderson: Was Suetonius' Julius a Caesar?
5 Rebecca Langlands: Exemplary Influences and Augustus' Pernicious Moral Legacy
6 Erik Gunderson: E.g. Augustus: exemplum in the Augustus and Tiberius
7 Donna W. Hurley: Rhetorics of Assassination: Ironic Reversal and the Emperor Gaius
8 W. Jeffrey Tatum: Another Look at Suetonius' Titus
9 Jean-Michel Hulls: The Mirror in the Text: Privacy, Performance, and the Power of Suetonius' Domitian
Part III: Biographical Thresholds
10 Roy K. Gibson: Suetonius and the uiri illustres of Pliny the Younger
11 Tristan Power: Suetonius' Famous Courtesans
12 T. P. Wiseman: Suetonius and the Origin of Pantomime
13 Jamie Wood: Suetonius and the De uita Caesarum in the Carolingian Empire
Index Locorum
General Index

About the author: 

Tristan Power is an independent scholar and has taught Classics at the University of Reading. His publications include several articles on Suetonius.; Roy Gibson is Professor of Latin at the University of Manchester. His publications include Ovid: Ars Amatoria Book 3 (2003) and (with R. Morello) Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger: An Introduction (2012).

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