Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2010

Publication Source

Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

Start Page

261

Last Page

272

DOI

10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0017

Abstract

This chapter examines Tacitus' representation of the legacy of civil war in his history of the Julio‐Claudian period, the Annals, arguing that civil war persists during the pax Augusta as a kind of banalization of state violence against citizens, a political system that consumes its own. It studies Tacitus' multi‐episode account of Nero's paranoid, possibly cynical, and ultimately self‐defeating appropriation of civil war exempla to motivate the suppression of potential dissent.

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This material was originally published in Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars edited by Brian Breed, Cynthia Damon, and Andreola Rossi, and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.001.0001/acprof-9780195389579-chapter-17. For permission to reuse this material, please visit http://global.oup.com/academic/rights.

Keywords

Tacitus, Annals, Nero, civil war

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Date Posted: 03 March 2016

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