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|Title:||Fragmented histories: Recent and distant pasts in early Roman historiography|
|Authors:||Blair, Stephen Charles|
|Keywords:||Conceptions of the past|
|Publisher:||Princeton, NJ : Princeton University|
|Abstract:||Roman historical literature began with a pair of epic poets and a pair of prose historians. The precedent these early writers set became the model for later generations of Roman writers. Rather than limit themselves to a particular period or event, early Roman historians repeatedly elected to narrate the entirety of the Roman past in histories stretching continuously from the legends surrounding the foundation of the city to the recent events of the authors’ lives. These hybrid works explored the first Punic war (264–241 BCE) as a decisive turning point in the Roman past, and accordingly their authors experimented with narrative patterns and modes of thought that enabled diachronic reflection around this significant moment. Through etymology, moral accounts of the past, and rationalization of myths, early Roman historians insisted on the relevance of archaic Rome to the period since the first Punic war.|
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|Type of Material:||Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)|
|Appears in Collections:||Classics|
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