Writing about Civil War in Flavian Rome
8th Biennial Celtic Conference in Classics - Edinburgh, Scotland (June 25-28, 2014)
Date limite : 1er novembre 2013
Chairs: Lauren Ginsberg (University of Cincinnati) and Darcy Krasne (University of Missouri-Columbia)
From Statius' fraternas acies to Martial's commemoration of Otho's Catonian end to the internecine narratives of Josephus' Bellum Iudaicum, Flavian authors' preoccupation with civil war is clear, transcending genre and subject matter. Nevertheless, while the past two decades have seen a surging interest in the Flavian era and have laid important groundwork for investigating the grotesque poetics and paradoxical narratives of Roman civil war literature more generally, the theme of civil war in Flavian literature has received comparatively little investigation.
Our panel offers a venue for a fresh investigation of civil war as a central concern to Flavian authors, whether inspired by the recent events of 69 CE, the rapid canonization of Lucan, or the prominence of Republican bella civilia in Augustan literary models. To that end, we are soliciting abstracts for papers that offer diverse perspectives both on the literary strategies used by Flavian authors to narrate civil war and on the shifting significance of writing about civil war after its brutal reemergence in 69 CE. By examining the representation of civil war through a Flavian lens, we hope to push the boundaries of current studies in Flavian literature and offer a significant contribution to the study of Roman literary representations of civil war.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Typologies of Flavian civil war narrative
- The recurrent theme of civil war in Flavian epic
- Civil war's treatment in minor or occasional poetry (Statius' Silvae; Martial's epigrams)
- Josephus' representation of non-Roman stasis
- Pliny the Elder's repeated references to late Republican strife
- The influence of Lucan as a poetic model
Source : APA