In this volume distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic explore the work of Tacitus in its historical and literary context and also show how his text was interpreted in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Discussed here, for example, are the ways predilections of a particular age color one's reading of a complex author and why a reexamination of these influences is necessary to understand both the author and those who have interpreted him. All of the essays were first prepared for a colloquium on Tacitus held at Princeton University in March 1990. The resulting volume is dedicated to the memory of the great Tacitean scholar Sir Ronald Syme.
The contributors are G. W. Bowersock ("Tacitus and the Province of Asia"), T. J. Luce ("Reading and Response in the Dialogus"), Elizabeth Keitel ("Speech and Narrative in Histories 4"), Christopher Pelling ("Tacitus and Germanicus"), Judith Ginsburg ("In maiores certamina: Past and Present in the Annals"), A. J. Woodman ("Amateur Dramatics at the Court of Nero"), Mark Morford ("Tacitean Prudentia and the Doctrines of Justus Lipsius"), Donald R. Kelley ("Tacitus Noster: The Germania in the Renaissance and Reformation"), and Howard D. Weinbrot ("Politics, Taste, and National Identity: Some Uses of Tacitism in Eighteenth-Century Britain").
Originally published in 1993.
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Table of Contents:
Ronald Syme - A Brief Tribute
1 Tacitus and the Province of Asia 3
2 Reading and Response in the Dialogus 11
3 Speech and Narrative in Histories 4 39
4 Tacitus and Germanicus 59
5 In maiores certamina: Past and Present in the Annals 86
6 Amateur Dramatics at the Court of Nero: Annals 15.48-74 104
7 Tacitean Prudentia and the Doctrines of Justus Lipsius 129
8 Tacitus Noster: The Germania in the Renaissance and Reformation 152
9 Politics, Taste, and National Identity: Some Uses of Tacitism in Eighteenth-Century Britain 168
List of Contributors 201
General Index 203
Index of Passages Cited 207