Latin Panegyric (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies)
By: Roger Rees (editor)Paperback
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What was Roman political praise for and what could it achieve? Could it have literary merit? What do the surviving examples of Roman political praise-giving reveal about the circumstances and milieu in which they originated? Latin Panegyric brings together sixteen essays focussing on praise in the Roman Empire and, in particular, on praise of the emperor. Spanning a century of scholarship, and constituting landmark studies on different aspects of the largest collection of classical Latin oratory to survive after Cicero - the Panegyrici Latini - this collection includes speeches addressed to the emperors Trajan, Maximian, Constantine, Julian, and Theodosius, and traces three centuries of oratorical praise-giving in the Roman world. These influential readings consider textual, rhetorical, literary, political, and religious matters, and together represent the evolving landscape of academic attitudes towards praise discourse, with its strengths and problems, and towards some of the best-known Roman emperors.
With a full introduction by the editor, and with four essays translated into English for the first time, this valuable volume plots the narratives of Roman praise and gives students of classical literature, history, and rhetoric direct access to key scholarship.
Roger Rees is Reader in Latin at St Andrews University.
TABLE OF CONTENTS ; PREFACE ; INTRODUCTIONS ; 1. The Modern History of Latin Panegyric ; 2. Preface to the OCT edition of the XII Panegyrici Latini ; 3. The Origin of the Panegyrici Latini Collection ; PLINY'S PANEGYRICUS ; 4. Pliny and the Panegyricus ; 5. Praise and Protreptic in Early Imperial Panegyric ; 6. Two Levels of Orality in the Genesis of Pliny's Panegyricus ; 7. iubes esse liberos: Pliny's Panegyricus and Liberty ; 8. The Art of Sincerity: Pliny's Panegyricus ; 9. Divine Comedya Accession propaganda in Pliny, Epistles 10.1-2 and the Panegyric ; THE GALLIC PANEGYRICS ; 10. Latin Panegyric in the Tetrarchic and Constantinian Period ; 11. Latin Prose Panegyrics ; 12. The Corpus of Latin Panegyrics from Late Antiquity: Problems of Imitation ; 13. Locutions and Formulae of the Latin Panegyrist ; 14. Divine Insinuation in the Panegyrici Latini ; 15. Aspects of Constantinian Propaganda in the Panegyrici Latini ; 16. The Panegyric of Claudius Mamertinus on the Emperor Julian ; 17. The Ideal of the Ruler and Attachment to tradition in Pacatus Panegyric ; BIBLIOGRAPHY
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