By Peter Michael Swan
Written within the author's maternal Greek, the Roman heritage of the third-century A.D. historian Cassius Dio is our fullest surviving historic resource for the reign of the Emperor Augustus. within the Augustan Succession Peter Michael Swan presents an abundant historic and historiographic remark on Books 55-56 of the heritage. those books recount Augustus's final twenty-three years (9 B.C.-A.D. 14), in which the getting older monarch, amid dynastic tragedies and armed forces setbacks, orchestrated the continuation of the constitutional and imperial approach built below his management, which led to his transmission of energy to his son-in-law Tiberius. The Augustan Succession is the 1st remark because the eighteenth century to supply complete and clean therapy of this phase of Dio's work.This statement can pay shut serious realization to Dio's old assets, equipment, and assumptions because it additionally strives to give him as a determine in his personal correct. in the course of a longevity (ca. 164-after 229), Dio served as a Roman senator lower than seven emperors from Commodus to Severus Alexander, ruled 3 Roman provinces, and used to be two times consul. An acute and modern observer of extensive event, located as regards to the seat of imperial energy, he used to be a confident character who embodied deeply conservative political and social perspectives and prejudices. these kind of components tell the pages of Dio's Augustan narrative, as does, principally, his doctrine that the simplest treatment for the worries of his personal age of "rust and iron" was once rule at the version of Augustus. this can be an historic remark on Books 55-56 of Dio's Roman historical past. those books recount the final 1/2 the reign of the Emperor Augustus, specifically his orchestration of the 1st imperial succession. Addressed to either scholars and students, the hot remark is the 1st because the eighteenth century to provide complete and clean therapy of this section of Dio's paintings.
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This he did with a good deal of authorial license, though without thoroughly assimilating his borrowings. His modus operandi is revealed with special clarity if one compares his curt end chapters with those of Livy and Tacitus. He did what he found it expedient to do in executing what to our knowledge was the most extensive narrative of Roman history ever written on a comparable scale. He seems not to have regarded himself as an “artistic” exponent of the annalistic tradition (as Ginsburg Tradition argues that Tacitus was).
91. Extended treatment in Swan “Augustan Books” 2535–2543. 20 Introduction It has gone largely unnoticed that end chapters exist at all in Dio’s History. Still, they can be detected in some years92 thanks to formal similarities that they share with end chapters in Livy and Tacitus, notably: 1. final position in the year-account;93 2. 94 3. , ejn . . 3), ejp! 1); cf. c. 1): ejn de; tw÷/ e[tei ejkeivnw/ (cf. Latin eo anno): marriage of Julia and Tiberius; death and obsequies of Octavia kajn tw÷/ aujtw÷/ touvtw/ crovnw/ (cf.
126 This is obviously not the case with the speech in which Agrippa advises Octavian to restore the Republic, to which Maecenas gives a monarchist response. Nor is it the case with the laudatio funebris on Augustus, in which Dio has Tiberius extol the achievements of the deceased emperor (as the genre demanded) to the point of conflict with his own narrative. For a consular historian who experienced as a senator the vicissitudes of eight reigns, the susceptibilities of the court, where his project was known, inevitably had an inhibiting effect on the content and tenor of set speeches.
The Augustan Succession: An Historical Commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman History Books 55-56 (9 B.C.-A.D. 14) (American Classical Studies) by Peter Michael Swan