Private and Public Lies: The Discourse of Despotism and Deceit in the Graeco-Roman World
Graeco-Roman literary works, historiography, and even the reporting of rumours were couched as if they came in response to an insatiable desire by ordinary citizens to know everything about the lives of their leaders, and to hold them to account, at some level, for their abuse of constitutional powers for personal ends. Ancient writers were equally fascinated with how these same individuals used deceit as a powerful tool to disguise private and public reality. The chapters in this collection examine the themes of despotism and deceit from both historical and literary perspectives, over a range of historical periods including classical Athens, the Hellenistic kingdoms, late republican and early imperial Rome, late antiquity, and Byzantium.
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THE GRAECOHELLENISTIC WORLD
Truth and Falsehood in Early Hellenistic Propaganda
The Despots who Cried Carthage
Deceit and the Struggle for Roman Franchise in Italy
What Lies behind Phaedrus Fables?
Tales of Deceit in PreRepublican Rome
Is There an Antidote to Caesar?
Who Slept with Whom in the Roman Empire?
THE LATER EMPIRE
From Priest to Emperor to PriestEmperor
Justinian Procopius and Deception
Pouvoirs extraordinaires et tromperie
Arrogating Despotic Power Through Deceit
Deception Lies and Economy with the Truth
EARLY IMPERIAL LITERATURE
The Imperial Encomia of Lucan and Silius
THE BROADER CONTEXT
Despotism and Deceit
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