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Empire and Memory
The Representation of the Roman Republic in Imperial Culture

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Part of Roman Literature and its Contexts

  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521544801

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  • Despite the fact that the Roman Republic came to an undeniable end in 31 BC with the accession of the emperor Augustus, the memory of the Republic persisted. This book explores how that memory manifested itself, serving as an avenue for dissent as well as imperial propaganda, before gradually fading over the course of the early Empire (AD 14-117). Presenting case-studies of several imperial authors and key Roman monuments, it also examines the close relationship between memory and history in Roman thought, informed by modern studies of historical memory.

    • Examines the manifestation of the memory of the Roman Republic through both literary and art-historical case-studies
    • Draws on modern studies of historical memory
    • Written in a clear style accessible to non-specialists
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    “Gowing's study will be essential reading for graduate students and scholars in ancient history, literature and art. It makes a substantial contribution to understanding the contentious area where republican history and imperial ideology intersect. Highly recommended.” -- Choice

    "Gowing offers a compelling description of the diachronic transformation of fragmented history...as a result of its appropriation by different ideologies and political agendas, all of which aspire to situate it within their own cultural and political capital. This book will surely become a staple in the reference lists of all those specializing in the early imperial period, but there is also much in it to merit the attention of any classicist more broadly interested in imperial cultural studies."
    Sophia Papaioannou, The Classical Bulletin

    "...Gowing has produced a valuable text for courses on memory." --S. J. V. Malloch, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat: Classical World

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    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521544801
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 199 x 129 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.232kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historia/memoria
    2. Res publica tiberiana
    3: 'Caesar, now be still'
    4. Rome's new past
    5. Remembering Rome.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Satires of Juvenal
  • Author

    Alain M. Gowing, University of Washington
    Alain Gowing is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Washington. He is the author of The Triumviral Narratives of Appian and Cassius Dio (Ann Arbor, 1992) and is on the editorial board of both the Bryn Mawr Classical Review and Classical Antiquity.

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