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Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Clive Skidmore

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book presents a collection of historical anecdotes written during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius in the first century ad. The book aims to redefine the significance of the work of Valerius ... More


(Re)sources of Narrative

Peter Van Nuffelen

in Orosius and the Rhetoric of History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199655274
eISBN:
9780191745232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655274.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

It is often assumed that late antique historians tended to rely on a single source and copied it faithfully. That assumption is demonstrably wrong in the case of Orosius. The chapter demonstrates in ... More


“Caesar grabs my pen”: Writing Civil War under Tiberius

Alain M. Gowing

in Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389579
eISBN:
9780199866496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines references to the civil wars of the last century of the Republic—in particular the conflicts between Caesar and Pompey and later among the triumvirs—in the two major extant ... More


The Author

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Valerius Maximus. Evidence suggests that Valerius, a native of Rome, descended from a family whose members were not only of senatorial rank but also had ... More


From Exempla to Exemplar? Writing History around the Emperor in Imperial Rom e

Christina Shuttleworth Kraus

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/9780199262120.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter focuses on 1st-century CE Roman historical narrative, with a view to understanding to what extent Josephus may have been influenced by such writing. It is argued that works such as ... More


<i>Vis</i> and <i>Seruitus</i>: The Dark Side of Republican Oratory in Valerius Maximus

S. J. Lawrence

in Reading Republican Oratory: Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198788201
eISBN:
9780191830167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198788201.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the representation of oratory in chapter 8.9 Quanta Vis Sit Eloquentiae: ‘How Great is the Force of Eloquence’, of Valerius Maximus’ Facta et Dicta Memorabilia. While Valerius’ ... More


Quintilian and Seneca

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The imitation of examples from literature was part of the moral education of the Roman aristocrat even before the advent of Greek influence. This chapter discusses The Education of an Orator, written ... More


Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing Private Life

Kristina Milnor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199235728
eISBN:
9780191712883
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235728.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The age of Augustus has long been recognised as a time when the Roman state put a new emphasis on ‘traditional’ feminine domestic ideals, yet at the same time gave real public prominence to certain ... More


Convenience

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses how the form of Valerius' Memorable Words and Deeds was aimed at providing the audience with moral guidance in as convenient a manner as possible. Materials were arranged into ... More


Valerius's Moral Purpose

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the moral purpose of Valerius' Memorable Words and Deeds. Most of his chapters are devoted to virtues, others to their practical exercise and to matters of moral ambiguity, but ... More


Before Silius: The Creation of the Roman Hannibal

Claire Stocks

in The Roman Hannibal: Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781781380284
eISBN:
9781781387252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380284.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on those texts, written before SiliusItalicus’ Punica, which feature Hannibal. These texts include the (extremely) fragmentary works of Hannibal's own historians Silenus and ... More


History; Poetry; and Annales

T.P. Wiseman

in Unwritten Rome

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898225
eISBN:
9781781385500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898225.003.0015
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

When Livy in his preface referred to ‘traditions more appropriate to the stories of poets than to the uncorrupted records of history’, his criterion was evidently divine intervention in human ... More


The Roman Tradition

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the extent to which Hellenistic compilations were known at Rome and whether these literary forms were imitated in Latin. It considers the Memorable Words and Deeds of Valerius ... More


Valerius's Criteria of Belief

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Valerius' selection of examples. It considers his sensitivity for what his audience would find credible, generally choosing historical examples that would be the most convincing ... More


The Audience

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter speculates on the intended audience of Valerius' Memorable Words and Deeds and how he expected the work to be communicated to that audience. It suggests that Memorable Words and Deeds ... More


Moral Philosophy and Wisdom Literature

Charles F. Briggs

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800–1558

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199587230
eISBN:
9780191820410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Later medieval England shared a culture of moral philosophical learning and literature which drew from a wide array of classical and late antique authorities, chief among them being Aristotle, ... More


Valerius's Choice of Examples

Clive Skidmore

in Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen: The Work of Valerius Maximus

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859894777
eISBN:
9781781380673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Valerius' decision to use historical examples as the vehicle of his moral message in Memorable Words and Deeds. He selected his examples according to the criteria of authority, ... More


Introduction: Religion, Law and Knowledge in Classical Rome

Clifford Ando

in Roman Religion

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748615650
eISBN:
9780748650989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615650.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter concentrates on the epistemology of the religion of Rome, arguing that this basis by its very nature conditions the manner in which Roman religion can be studied, and considers further ... More


Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome

Clifford Ando

in The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520250833
eISBN:
9780520933651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250833.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The book concentrates on one specific aspect of the field of inquiry, namely the epistemological basis of Roman religion. This basis by its very nature conditions the manner in which Roman religion ... More


Could Suicide Really Be a Fundamental Human Right?: A Triple Threat

Margaret P. Battin

in Human Dignity and Assisted Death

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190675967
eISBN:
9780190675998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190675967.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Could suicide be not just a right, but a fundamental right, rooted in dignity? A linguistic triple threat complicates this question: problems about “rights,” problems about “dignity,” and problems ... More


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