Faculty Bookshelf

Faculty Bookshelf

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Mark Toher, Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate (Berkeley-Los Angeles 1990) [with K.A. Raaflaub].

Representing five major areas of Augustan scholarship—historiography, poetry, art, religion, and politics—the nineteen contributors to this volume bring us closer to a balanced, up-to-date account of Augustus and his principate.

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Mark Toher, GEORGICA: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell. (London, 1991) [with M.A. Flower].

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Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus.

(Routledge Classical Monographs), 2002.
Valerius Maximus was an indefatigable collector of historical anecdotes illustrating vice and virtue. His Memorable Deeds and Sayings are unparalleled as a source for the opinions of Romans in the early empire on a vast range of subjects. Mueller focuses on what Valerius can tell us about contemporary Roman attitudes to religion, attacking several orthodoxies along the way. He argues that Roman religion could be deeply emotional. That it was possible to believe passionately in the divinity of the emperor – even when, like Tiberius, he was still alive – and that Rome’s gods and religious rituals had an important role in fostering conventional morality. The study further explores elements of ancient rhetoric, Roman historiography, and Tiberian Rome. The fact that Valerius was a contemporary of Jesus means his work is also valuable in reflecting the attitudes and beliefs of the ruling class to which Christ and his followers were politically subject, and which formed the background to the growth and persecution of Christianity.

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Hans-Friedrich Mueller, (Editor), E. Gibbon, (author), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

(Modern Library Classics), 2005.
Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century a.d. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a compass equivalent to a long novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all other abridgments—in particular the role of religion in the empire and the rise of Islam.
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Hans-Friedrich Mueller, (translator), A. Mehl, (author), Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development.

(Wiley-Blackwell). 2011.
Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of Roman historical writings in both Greek and Latin, from the early annalists to Orosius and Procopius of Byzantium.

* Provides an accessible survey of every historical writer of significance in the Roman world
* Traces the growth of Christian historiography under the influence of its pagan adversaries
* Offers valuable insight into current scholarly trends on Roman historiography
* Includes a user-friendly bibliography, catalog of authors and editions, and index

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Stacie Raucci, Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy.

(Lang Classical Studies), 2011
Elegiac Eyes is an in-depth examination of vision and spectacle in Roman love elegy. It approaches vision from the perspective of Roman cultural modes of viewing and locates its analysis in close textual readings of Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. The paradoxical nature of the Roman eyes, which according to contemporary optical theories were able to penetrate and be penetrated, as well as the complex role of vision in society, provided the elegists with a productive canvas for their poems. By locating the elegists’ visual games within their contemporary context, Elegiac Eyes demonstrates how the elegists were manipulating notions that were specifically Roman and familiar to their readership.