Private and Public Lies: The Discourse of Despotism and Deceit in the Graeco-Roman World

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Andrew J. Turner, K. O. Chong-Gossard, Frederik Juliaan Vervaet
BRILL, 2010 - Всего страниц: 439
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
8
Autochthonous Autocrats
10
Phokian Desperation
28
Truth and Falsehood in Early Hellenistic Propaganda
38
The Despots who Cried Carthage
50
REPUBLICAN ROME
72
Frigidus Rumor
74
Deceit and the Struggle for Roman Franchise in Italy
90
What Lies behind Phaedrus Fables?
230
Tales of Deceit in PreRepublican Rome
248
Is There an Antidote to Caesar?
270
Who Slept with Whom in the Roman Empire?
294
THE LATER EMPIRE
328
From Priest to Emperor to PriestEmperor
330
Constantinus Tyrannus
342
Justinian Procopius and Deception
354

Pouvoirs extraordinaires et tromperie
106
AUGUSTAN DISSIMULATION
130
Arrogating Despotic Power Through Deceit
132
Deception Lies and Economy with the Truth
166
EARLY IMPERIAL LITERATURE
192
Lucans Cleopatra
194
The Imperial Encomia of Lucan and Silius
210
THE BROADER CONTEXT
370
Despotism and Deceit
372
Bibliography
386
Index
424
Index Locorum
430
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Andrew J. Turner, Ph.D. (2000) in Classics, University of Melbourne, was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2005-2008. He is co-author of "Eadmer of Canterbury" (Oxford, 2006), and co-editor of a digital edition of a manuscript of Terence (Oxford, 2010). James H. Kim On Chong-Gossard, Ph.D. (1999) in Classical Philology, University of Michigan, is a Senior Lecturer in classics at The University of Melbourne. He is author of "Gender and Communication in Euripides Plays: Between Song and Silence" (Brill, 2008). Frederik Juliaan Vervaet, Ph.D. (2002) in History, Ghent University, is a Lecturer in ancient history at The University of Melbourne. He has published extensively on Roman republican history in such journals as "Klio," "Latomus," and "Athenaeum." Contributors: Bruno Bleckmann, Brian Bosworth, Amelia R. Brown, Cristina G. Calhoon, James H. Kim On Chong-Gossard, Christopher J. Dart, Jonathan M. Hall, Fr d ric Hurlet, Martijn Icks, Parshia Lee-Stecum, Peter Londey, John Penwill, Francisco Pina Polo, Jonathan Prag, John W. Rich, Ron Ridley, Enrica Sciarrino, Andrew J. Turner, and Frederik Juliaan Vervaet.

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