A Companion to Livy
A Companion to Livy features a collection of essays representing the most up-to-date international scholarship on the life and works of the Roman historian Livy. Features contributions from top Livian scholars from around the world Presents for the first time a new interpretation of Livy's historical philosophy, which represents a key to an overall interpretation of Livy's body of work Includes studies of Livy's work from an Indo-European comparative aspect Provides the most modern studies on literary archetypes for Livy's narrative of the history of early Rome
Executive Power in Theory and Practice
Since September 11, 2001, long-standing debates over the nature and proper extent of executive power have assumed a fresh urgency. In this book eleven leading scholars of American politics and political theory address the idea of executive power.
The Roman Triumph
A radical reexamination of the most extraordinary of ancient ceremonies, this book explores the magnificence of the Roman Triumph--but also its darker side, as it prompted the Romans to question as well as celebrate military glory. This richly illustrated work is a testament to the profound importance of the triumph in Roman culture--and for monarchs and generals ever since.
Between Republic and Empire
Representing five major areas of Augustan scholarship--historiography, poetry, art, religion, and politics--the nineteen contributors to this volume bring us closer to a balanced, up-to-date account of Augustus and his principate.
The Last Generation of the Roman Republic
Available for the first time in paperback, with a new introduction that reviews related scholarship of the past twenty years, Erich Gruen's classic study of the late Republic examines institutions as well as personalities, social tensions as well as politics, the plebs and the army as well as the aristocracy.
Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar's reign (31 B.C. to A.D. 14), which has served as a powerful model of achievement for societies throughout Western history. Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky's book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion. Weaving analysis and narrative throughout a richly illustrated text, Galinsky provides not only an enjoyable account of the major ideas of the age, but also an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and influence. Galinsky draws on source material ranging from coins and inscriptions to the major works of poetry and art, and challenges the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to Augustan culture. He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result of one man's will. Instead it was a nuanced process of evolution and experimentation. Augustan culture had many contributors, as Galinsky demonstrates, and their dynamic interactions resulted in a high point of creativity and complexity that explains the transcendence of the Augustan age. Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today.
Le Parnasse face l Olympe
Janvier 27 avant n. è.: sur les décombres de la défunte République. Octavien/Auguste posait les fondations du Principat. A ses côtés, fidèle entre tous, Mécène, appelé à devenir l'archétype du patron littéraire. Depuis les guerres civiles, certains des poètes les plus en vue à Rome bénéficiaient de sa protection et de ses largesses. Il n'en fallut pas plus pour que le soupçon d'instrumentalisation naisse chez les Modernes. A rebours des théories classiques, l'auteur s'attache à démontrer que les poètes n'ont jamais eu à souffrir de ce compagnonnage. Non seulement le pouvoir naissant ne chercha pas à instrumentaliser leur talent afin d'asseoir le régime nouveau, mais ce sont bien plutôt les poètes qui prétendirent influencer ce dernier. Les liens entre la poésie et le politique dépassent toutefois la seule question de l'instrumentalisation. La période qui va de la fin de la République au début du Principat a été marquée par une vie littéraire florissante. Virgile, Horace, Properce, Tibulle, Ovide, d'autres encore, menèrent alors les lettres latines à leur apogée. Ils entendirent donner à la poésie latine la prééminence sur sa rivale grecque. Ils parachevaient là une dynamique apparue au tournant du milieu du Ie avant n. è. Chapeautés par leurs patroni, ils souhaitèrent associer Octavien/Auguste à ce mouvement. Loin d'avoir joué le rôle d'initiateur, le Princeps répondit à une attente pressante, sans éclipser pour autant le rôle des aristocrates dans le domaine littéraire. Au fil des pages, le livre dévoile les modalités de la vie littéraire à Rome dans un contexte politique singulier. Il met en cause l'existence des cercles littéraires tout en analysant l'intérêt des aristocrates comme Mécène, Messalla ou Pollion à protéger les poètes et les caractéristiques de ce patronage.
The Carolingian World
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the great Carolingian empire, which dominated western Europe in the eighth and ninth centuries.
History and Memory in the Carolingian World
This study reveals the remarkable quantity of varied forms and new types of history written in the Frankish realms of Western Europe during the eighth and ninth centuries. The Franks also preserved the classical and Judaeo-Christian histories from earlier centuries. Their books reflect a highly sophisticated and many-layered understanding of the past as well as a very creative use of history. Rosamond McKitterick illuminates the extraordinarily influential role of these history texts in the formation of political ideologies and senses of identity within Europe.
Charlemagne is often claimed as the greatest ruler in Europe before Napoleon. This magisterial study re-examines Charlemagne the ruler and his reputation. It analyses the narrative representations of Charlemagne produced after his death, and thereafter focuses on the evidence from Charlemagne's lifetime concerning the creation of the Carolingian dynasty and the growth of the kingdom, the court and the royal household, communications and identities in the Frankish realm in the context of government, and Charlemagne's religious and cultural strategies. The book offers a critical examination of the contemporary sources and in so doing transforms our understanding of the development of the Carolingian empire, the formation of Carolingian political identity, and the astonishing changes effected throughout Charlemagne's forty-six year period of rule. This is a major contribution to Carolingian history which will be essential reading for anyone interested in the medieval past. Rosamond McKitterick has also received the 2010 Dr A. H. Heineken Prize for History for her research into the Carolingians.