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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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Tarda Moles Civilis Belli : The Weight of the Past in Tacitus' Histories

Tarda Moles Civilis Belli : The Weight of the Past in Tacitus' Histories

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(p.119) 6 Tarda Moles Civilis Belli : The Weight of the Past in Tacitus' Histories
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Citizens of Discord
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Rhiannon Ash

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0007

This chapter examines three conspicuous instances of historiographical synkrisis in Tacitus' Histories (Histories 1.50.2–3; 2.38; 3.51) in which the republican civil wars are the lens through which Tacitus invites his readers to respond to the wars of ad 69: the republican past, these digressions suggest, is trumped by the morally bankrupt narrative present. By foregrounding the act of analysis Tacitus also demonstrates the value of the historian's work for his contemporaries and for posterity.

Keywords:   civil war, Tacitus, Histories, AD 69, synkrisis

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