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The Power of the Intellectual: Leading Thinkers, Thinking Leaders

Liv Mariah Yarrow

in Historiography at the End of the Republic: Provincial Perspectives on Roman Rule

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199277544
eISBN:
9780191708022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The essential question of this chapter is the limitations on and sources of power available to the provincial intellectual. The type of power in question here is twofold, the ability to control one's ... More


After the Ides of March

T. P. Wiseman

in Remembering the Roman People: Essays on Late-Republican Politics and Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239764
eISBN:
9780191716836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239764.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter offers a close reading of the narratives in Nicolaus of Damascus and Appian of the events of 15-19 March 44 BC. It is clear that both were using a well-informed source dependent on ... More


Foreign Elites at Rome

G. W. Bowersock

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/9780199262120.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter looks at Josephus’ literary career in Rome as part of a larger trend, which involved an increasing imperial interest in luring members of the foreign elite to the city within the context ... More


Historiography at the End of the Republic: Provincial Perspectives on Roman Rule

Liv Mariah Yarrow

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199277544
eISBN:
9780191708022
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book starts at the end of Polybius' Histories, and investigates documentation of the Roman empire recorded by non-Romans. Intellectuals, being members of the social elite, controlled the wealth ... More


Stoic Themes in Peripatetic Sources?

Inna Kupreeva

in God and Cosmos in Stoicism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199556144
eISBN:
9780191720864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556144.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter presents a brief preliminary survey of several texts which might suggest a close affinity between the Peripatetic and Stoic doctrines of principles. The goal is to see to what extent ... More


Roman Assimilation of Greek Myths and Botany

Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz

in Flora Unveiled: The Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190490263
eISBN:
9780190868673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190490263.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

“Roman Assimilation of Greek Myths and Botany” traces the absorption of Greek botanical thought by the Romans. Although Roman thinkers—Cato the Elder, Varro, Virgil and Columella—wrote about ... More


Herod and his Historians

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In this introductory chapter, we lay out the scope and aims of our book. Who was Herod, and who wrote about him? In particular, who was Nicolaus of Damascus? And why would we want to try to recover ... More


Herod on the Rise

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter covers Herod’s rise to kingship. It seeks to embed the ‘rising star narrative’ that we find in BJ 1 and AJ 14 into Nicolaus’ historical framework as far as it can be reconstructed from ... More


Herod and his Sons

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter continues to explore the depiction of Herod’s domestic strife, and turns to the executions of Herod’s sons. This is a rare case where we have a separate fragment of Nicolaus, and thus ... More


Characterizing Augustus

Mark Toher

in Fame and Infamy: Essays on Characterization in Greek and Roman Biography and Historiography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199662326
eISBN:
9780191799174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662326.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the lifeless characterization of Augustus in the ancient sources. Two sources (Nicolaus of Damascus and Appian) present opposite assessments of the early career of Octavian, ... More


Herod the Liberator

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The chapter starts with a discussion of two speeches, one by Nicolaus and one by Herod, that seem to make the very same point: the establishment of Roman rule in the East was a process of liberation, ... More


Herod and the People’s Front of Judaea

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses resistance against Herod. There are three occasions in Josephus’ works where Jews prefer death over subjection to Herod. These are normally understood as heroic episodes, and ... More


Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Kimberley Czajkowski and Benedikt Eckhardt

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Most of our information about Herod the Great derives from the accounts found in Josephus’ Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities. Together they constitute quite a unique resource on one of the most ... More


Herod the Saviour

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers Nicolaus’ construction of appropriate royal behaviour and ideology through a close examination of the famine episode at AJ 15.299–316. In describing Herod’s actions at the ... More


Herod the Husband

Kimberley Czajkowski and Eckhardt Benedikt

in Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192845214
eISBN:
9780191937507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192845214.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

What made a tyrant? It is in the so-called ‘domestic’ portion of the narratives that the seeds of Herod’s gradual descent are most clearly brought to the fore, and we see the familiar traits from ... More


The Romance of Zarinaea and Stryangaeus

Tim Whitmarsh

in Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780199742653
eISBN:
9780190880798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199742653.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Another ‘romance’ that was clearly influential on later Greek novels was the story of Zarinaea and Stryangaeus, first recounted (in Greek) in Ctesias’s Persica (early fourth century BCE). A fragment ... More


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