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Citizens of DiscordRome and Its Civil Wars$
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Brian Breed, Cynthia Damon, and Andreola Rossi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.001.0001

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Intestinum Scelus: Preemptive Execution in Tacitus' Annals

Intestinum Scelus: Preemptive Execution in Tacitus' Annals

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(p.261) 16 Intestinum Scelus: Preemptive Execution in Tacitus' Annals
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Citizens of Discord
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Cynthia Damon (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0017

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.

Keywords:   Tacitus, Annals, Nero, civil war

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