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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

William A. Johnson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Readers and Reading Culture in the High Empire examines the system and culture of reading among the elite in second-century Rome. The focus is on deep sociocultural contextualization for ... More


Pliny and the Construction of Reading Communities

William A. Johnson

in Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the Letters of Pliny the Younger to understand better both the ways in which Pliny constructs a reading community and the particularities of that community. Pliny’s construction ... More


Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus

William A. Johnson

in Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Tacitus and Pliny were fellow orators of distinction with apparently close connections between their communities. Tacitus’s Dialogus purports to show us the inner workings and debates of a tight ... More


The Sack of the Temple in Josephus and Tacitus

T. D. Barnes

in Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199262120
eISBN:
9780191718533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262120.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Comparing Josephus’ and Tacitus’ (lost) account of the sack of the Temple in Jerusalem from Histories Book 5, this chapter underlines the importance of the Jewish War as a central defining event (or ... More


Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture

C. J. Tuplin and T. E. Rihll (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198152484
eISBN:
9780191710049
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152484.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Ancient Greece was the birthplace of science, which developed in the Hellenised culture of ancient Rome. This volume locates science within ancient Greek society and culture, explores the cultural ... More


The Good Master: Pliny, Hobbes, and the Nature of Freedom

Richard Alston

in Ancient Slavery and Abolition: From Hobbes to Hollywood

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199574674
eISBN:
9780191728723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574674.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the differences between Early Modern intellectuals’ treatments of slavery and those in the Classical writers to whom they turned for enlightenment. Using the ‘gentleman farmer’ ... More


Nerva and the Roman Empire

Nathan T. Elkins

in The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190648039
eISBN:
9780190648060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648039.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, European History: BCE to 500CE

While denotative images celebrating aspects of Nerva’s policy have attracted most scholarly study, their importance is overemphasized since the most common images on Nerva’s coinage are ... More


Conclusion: The Visualization of Political Rhetoric

Nathan T. Elkins

in The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190648039
eISBN:
9780190648060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648039.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, European History: BCE to 500CE

The strong correspondence between laudatory rhetoric in poetry and panegyric and the images that appear on Nerva’s coins allows a reinvestigation of the age-old debate regarding the agency behind the ... More


The Error of Roman Aesthetics

Caroline Vout

in Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198803034
eISBN:
9780191841774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803034.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine

Today, discussions of ancient art criticism privilege technical terms (akribeia [“accuracy”], aletheia [“truth”], decor [“fittingness”], symmetria [“symmetry”]). Discussions of Rome’s reception of ... More


Seneca’s Philosophical Cure

Neil Coffee

in Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190496432
eISBN:
9780190496456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496432.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers Seneca’s response to the yielding of gift to gain. Seneca writes the longest Roman treatise on gift giving and identifies most precisely the process by which commercial culture ... More


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