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Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Augustan Rome
Rhetoric, Criticism and Historiography


Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

Casper C. de Jonge, Richard Hunter, Nicolas Wiater, Harvey Yunis, Laura Viidebaum, Stephen P. Oakley, Clemence Schultze, Matthew Fox, Christopher Pelling, Daniel Hogg, Joy Connolly
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474900

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  • The Greek author Dionysius of Halicarnassus came to Rome in 30/29 BC. He learnt Latin, developed a network of students, patrons and colleagues, and started to teach rhetoric. He published a history of early Rome (Roman Antiquities), and essays on rhetoric and literary criticism, including On the Ancient Orators, On Composition, and several letters. This volume examines how Dionysius' critical and rhetorical works are connected with his history of Rome, and the complex ways in which both components of this dual project - rhetorical criticism and historiography - fit into the social, intellectual, literary, cultural and political world of Rome under Augustus. How does Dionysius' interpretation of the earliest Romans resonate with the political reality of the Principate? And how do his views relate to those of Cicero, Livy and Horace? This volume casts new light on ancient rhetoric, literary criticism, historiography and the literary culture of Augustan Rome.

    • Offers the first English volume on the Greek critic, rhetorician and historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus
    • Interprets the Greek works of Dionysius of Halicarnassus in the context of Augustan Rome
    • Presents Dionysius' rhetorical-critical essays and his history of Rome as two parts of one coherent programme
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474900
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Casper C. de Jonge and Richard Hunter
    Part I. Dionysius and Augustan Rhetoric and Literary Criticism:
    1. Dionysius of Halicarnassus and the idea of the critic Richard Hunter
    2. Experiencing the past: language, time, and historical consciousness in Dionysian criticism Nicolas Wiater
    3. Dionysius' Demosthenes and Augustan Atticism Harvey Yunis
    4. Dionysius and Lysias' charm Laura Viidebaum
    Part II. Dionysius and Augustan Historiography:
    5. The expansive scale of the Roman Antiquities Stephen P. Oakley
    6. Ways of killing women: Dionysius on the deaths of Horatia and Lucretia Clemence Schultze
    7. The prehistory of the Roman polis in Dionysius Matthew Fox
    Part III. Dionysius and Augustan Rome:
    8. Dionysius on regime change Christopher Pelling
    9. How Roman are the Antiquities? The Decemvirate according to Dionysius Daniel Hogg
    10. Dionysius and Horace: composition in Augustan Rome Casper C. de Jonge
    Envoi: migrancy Joy Connolly.

  • Editors

    Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge
    Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. He has published extensively in the fields of Greek and Latin literature; his most recent books include Plato and the Traditions of Ancient Literature: The Silent Stream (Cambridge, 2012), Hesiodic Voices (Cambridge, 2014), Apollonius of Rhodes: Argonautica Book IV (Cambridge, 2015) and The Measure of Homer (Cambridge, 2018). Many of his essays have been collected in the two-volume On Coming After: Studies in Post-Classical Greek Literature and its Reception (2008).

    Casper C. de Jonge, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
    Casper C. de Jonge is Lecturer of Ancient Greek Language and Literature at Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. His research focuses on ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, the history of grammar and scholarship, and Greek intellectuals in Rome. His publications include Between Grammar and Rhetoric: Dionysius of Halicarnassus on Language, Linguistics and Literature (2008). He received a grant from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) for a research project on 'Greek Criticism and Latin Literature'.


    Casper C. de Jonge, Richard Hunter, Nicolas Wiater, Harvey Yunis, Laura Viidebaum, Stephen P. Oakley, Clemence Schultze, Matthew Fox, Christopher Pelling, Daniel Hogg, Joy Connolly

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