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Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales

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  • Ennius' Annales, which is preserved only in fragments, was hugely influential on Roman literature and culture. This book explores the genesis, in the ancient sources for Ennius' epic and in modern scholarship, of the accounts of the Annales with which we operate today. A series of appendices detail each source's contribution to our record of the poem, and are used to consider how the interests and working methods of the principal sources shape the modern view of the poem and to re-examine the limits imposed and the possibilities offered by this ancient evidence. Dr Elliott challenges standard views of the poem, such as its use of time and the disposition of the gods within it. She argues that the manifest impact of the Annales on the collective Roman psyche results from its innovative promotion of a vision of Rome as the primary focus of the cosmos in all its aspects.

    • Offers a clear view of the ancient evidence for the Annales in a form free from the modern presuppositions about the text
    • Critically examines how the sources for Ennius' Annales determine the accounts of the text with which we operate today
    • Presents the fragments of the Annales in their original quotation-contexts in the form of appendices organised according to source
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    • Co-Winner, 2015 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit, Society for Classical Studies

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    'An important focus for future discussions of this fascinating and enigmatic poet.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107240407
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ennius and the annalistic tradition at Rome
    2. The Vergiliocentric sources and the question of the evidence: Ennius and the epic tradition of Greece and Rome
    3. The pre-Vergilian sources
    4. The Annales as historiography: Ennius and the invention of the Roman past
    5. Imperium sine fine: the Annales and universal history

  • Author

    Jackie Elliott, University of Colorado Boulder
    Jackie Elliott is an Assistant Professor in Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She works primarily on Roman literary history and the interaction of the epic and historiographical traditions at Rome. She has received fellowships from the American Academy at Rome and the Loeb Foundation.


    • Co-Winner, 2015 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit, Society for Classical Studies

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