Pliny's Praise: The Panegyricus in the Roman World by Paul Roche

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Pliny's Panegyricus (AD a hundred) survives as a special instance of senatorial rhetoric from the early Roman Empire. It bargains an eyewitness account of the final years of Domitian's principate, the reign of Nerva and Trajan's early years, and it communicates an in depth senatorial view at the behaviour anticipated of an emperor. it really is a big record within the improvement of the beliefs of imperial management, however it additionally contributes significantly to our realizing of imperial political tradition extra often. This quantity, the 1st ever dedicated to the Panegyricus, includes professional reports of its key old and rhetorical contexts, in addition to vital serious methods to the printed model of the speech and its impression in antiquity. It bargains students of Roman heritage, literature and rhetoric an up to date evaluation of key ways to the speech, and scholars and readers an authoritative advent to this very important and under-appreciated speech.

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12. 57 See Champlin (1983) 257–64; Jones (1992) 11, 59. See M¨unzer (1899) 106; Jones (1984) 15–16. See Morris (1953) 79–80. Pliny’s thanksgiving 19 Galba’s adoption of Piso in January 69 was an unavoidable point of comparison for Nerva’s adoption of Trajan in late 97. The failure of that earlier event to quell mutiny was the natural counterpoint for Nerva’s successful averting of a civil war (Pan. 5), and Galba’s failure set in train the events which would see Domitian as Caesar and princeps iuuentutis in the last days of December 69.

2). For affection as a bulwark of royal power, see also Sen. Clem. 6. g. the essays collected in K¨onig and Whitmarsh (2007). See also Wallace-Hadrill (2005) – an updated and revised version of a chapter first published in 1997 – a concise discussion of the increased autonomy, and cultural authority, of various bodies of knowledge, some technical, in the period of the Augustan ‘revolution’; for further elaboration of these points, see now Wallace-Hadrill (2008) ch. 5, esp. 231–58. 1) and the analysis of drought conditions in Egypt (30–2).

Saturninus had been killed and his mutiny dismantled by the time Trajan arrived. ’ Acilius Glabrio. If we accept an earlier dating for Trajan’s birth, 89 may then mark a turning point in Trajan’s career under Domitian. Pliny is certainly careful to delineate his own career under Domitian into two phases. In the first phase he claims that it prospered, but only before that emperor ‘demonstrated his hatred for good men’ (Pan. 3). After this moment, Pliny claims that he halted his own advancement, preferring a slower ascendancy over the short cuts to honores which were then on offer (Pan.

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