ISBN : 9780198790983

William W. Batstone; Andrew Feldherr
528 Pages
138 x 138 mm
Pub date
Nov 2019
Oxford Readings in Classical Studies
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The Roman historian Sallust emerges from recent scholarship as one of the most innovative and original writers of the ancient world. His works describe the political and moral crises of Rome's civil wars in the first century BCE and raise questions about the possibilities for narrating the past that matter profoundly to historians today. This volume provides a substantial introduction to scholarship on Sallust, bringing together some of the best and most important studies from the last decades and setting them within the context of a rich and continuing scholarly tradition that includes influential works by Eduard Schwartz (1897) and Kurt Latte (1935). Each contribution presents a distinctive vision of the historian and together they reveal different aspects of his complexity and surprising modernity. Substantial attention is given to all three of Sallust's works: the monographs on the Catilinarian conspiracy and the war with Jugurtha, as well as the fragmentary Histories. Translations of important contributions by German and Italian scholars as well as a survey of the early modern reception of Sallust offer unprecedented access to the scope of Sallust studies. This volume will be an important resource for students of ancient history and Latin literature at all levels and also introduce a wider scholarly audience to Sallust's importance and interest.


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1 William W. Batstone and Andrew Feldherr: Introduction
2 Kurt Latte: Sallust: Diction and Sentence Structure, Narrative Style and Composition, Personality and Times
3 D. C. Earl: The Moral Crisis in Sallust's View
4 R. Renehan: A Traditional Pattern of Imitation in Sallust and his Sources
5 Eduard Schwartz: The Accounts of the Catilinarian Conspiracy
6 William W. Batstone: Intellectual Conflict and Mimesis in Sallust's Bellum Catilinae
7 Erik Gunderson: The History of Mind and the Philosophy of History in Sallust's Bellum Catilinae
8 D. S. Levene: Sallust's Catiline and Cato the Censor
9 Christina S. Kraus: Jugurthine Disorder
10 D. S. Levene: Sallust's Jugurtha: An 'Historical Fragment'
11 Thomas Wiedemann: Sallust's Jugurtha: Concord, Discord, and the Digressions
12 Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser: Non sunt composita verba mea: Reflected Narratology in Sallust's Speech of Marius
13 Friedrich Klingner: On the Introduction to Sallust's Histories
14 Antonio La Penna: The Histories: The Crisis of the Res Publica
15 Andrew Feldherr: The Faces of Discord in Sallust's Histories
16 Patricia J. Osmond: Princeps Historiae Romanae: Sallust in Renaissance Political Thought

About the author: 

William W. Batstone, Ph.D. Berkeley, works on literature and theory with a focus on the Latin literature of the Republic and triumviral period. He has published on both authors (Plautus, Cicero, Catullus, Caesar, Vergil, and Sulpicia) and theory (lyric, pastoral, Bakhtin, didactic, postmodernism, reception, and reader response), and is currently working on a web-based text and commentary on Cicero's Catilinarian Orations for Dickinson College Commentaries and a monograph on Sallust's Bellum Catilinae.; Andrew Feldherr received his Ph. D. from Berkeley and has taught at Princeton University since 1997. His research interests focus on Roman historiography and Augustan poetry and he is the author of books on Livy and Ovid as well as articles on Catullus, Horace, Vergil, Sallust, Cicero, and Tacitus. His current project is a monograph on Sallust entitled After the Past: Sallust on History and Writing History.

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