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Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian
Literary Interactions, AD 96–138

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Christopher Whitton, Victoria Rimell, Emma Buckley, William Fitzgerald, Rhiannon Ash, Paul Roche, Gavin Kelly, Matthew Roller, Sigrid Mratschek, Alice König, Jill Harries, Myles Lavan, Ruth Morello, Rebecca Langlands, Ilaria Marchesi, Tom Geue, James Uden, Roy K. Gibson, John Henderson
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108420594

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  • This volume is the first holistic investigation of Roman literature and literary culture under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian (AD 96–138). With case studies from Frontinus, Juvenal, Martial, Pliny the Younger, Plutarch, Quintilian, Suetonius and Tacitus among others, the eighteen chapters offer not just innovative readings of literary (and some 'less literary') texts, but a collaborative enquiry into the networks and culture in which they are embedded. The book brings together established and novel methodologies to explore the connections, conversations and silences between these texts and their authors, both on and off the page. The scholarly dialogues that result not only shed fresh light on the dynamics of literary production and consumption in the 'High Roman Empire', but offer new provocations to students of intertextuality and interdiscursivity across classical literature. How can and should we read textual interactions in their social, literary and cultural contexts?

    • The first holistic study of literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian (AD 96–138), reaching beyond individual authors and genres
    • Presents a wide range of novel and stimulating approaches to a spread of contemporary texts and topics
    • Raises new methodological approaches to intertextuality and 'interactions' in literary culture, introducing readers to current debates
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    'This collection is a jewel box of polished literary paidia, juxtaposing familiar works in unexpected ways and throwing new light on some well-known textual and authorial relationships.' The Tines Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108420594
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Bridging Divides: Literary Interactions from Quintilian to Juvenal:
    1. Quintilian, Pliny, Tacitus Christopher Whitton
    2. I will survive (you): Martial and Tacitus on regime change Victoria Rimell
    3. Flavian epic and Trajanic historiography: speaking into the silence Emma Buckley
    4. Pliny and Martial: dupes and non-dupes in the early Empire William Fitzgerald
    5. Paradoxography and marvels in post-Domitianic literature: 'an extraordinary affair, even in the hearing!' Rhiannon Ash
    6. Pliny and Suetonius on giving and returning imperial power Paul Roche
    7. From Martial to Juvenal (Epigrams 12.18) Gavin Kelly
    Part II. Interactions On and Off the Page:
    8. Amicable and hostile exchange in the culture of recitation Matthew Roller
    9. Images of Domitius Apollinaris in Pliny and Martial: intertextual discourses as aspects of self-definition and differentiation Sigrid Mratschek
    10. Reading Frontinus in Martial's Epigrams Alice König
    11. Saturninus the helmsman, Pliny and friends: legal and literary letter collections Jill Harries
    12. Pliny Epistles 10 and imperial correspondence: the empire of letters Myles Lavan
    13. Traditional exempla and Nerva's new modernity: making Fabricius take the cash Ruth Morello
    14. Extratextuality: literary interactions with oral culture and exemplary ethics Rebecca Langlands
    Part III. Into the Silence: The Limits of Interaction:
    15. The Regulus connection: displacing Lucan between Martial and Pliny Ilaria Marchesi
    16. Forgetting the Juvenalien in our midst: literary amnesia in the Satires Tom Geue
    17. Childhood education and the boundaries of interaction: [Plutarch], Quintilian, Juvenal James Uden
    18. Pliny and Plutarch's practical ethics: a newly rediscovered dialogue Roy K. Gibson
    ENVOI/VENIO John Henderson.

  • Editors

    Alice König, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Alice König is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research focuses on ancient technical literature and the history of science, and the relationship between politics, society and literature in the early principate. She is preparing a monograph on the author and statesman, Sextus Julius Frontinus, and has published a series of articles on Vitruvius, Frontinus and Tacitus. She established the 'Literary Interactions' research project in 2011, and is co-editor also of its second volume (on cross-cultural interactions in the Roman empire, AD 96–235).

    Christopher Whitton, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Whitton is Senior Lecturer in Classical Literature at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Emmanuel College. His publications include a commentary on Pliny Epistles 2 (Cambridge, 2013), and he is co-editor (with Roy Gibson) of Oxford Readings in the Epistles of Pliny (2016).


    Christopher Whitton, Victoria Rimell, Emma Buckley, William Fitzgerald, Rhiannon Ash, Paul Roche, Gavin Kelly, Matthew Roller, Sigrid Mratschek, Alice König, Jill Harries, Myles Lavan, Ruth Morello, Rebecca Langlands, Ilaria Marchesi, Tom Geue, James Uden, Roy K. Gibson, John Henderson

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