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Ancient Historiography and its ContextsStudies in Honour of A. J. Woodman$
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Christina S. Kraus, John Marincola, and Christopher Pelling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558681.001.0001

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The Historian's Presence, or, There and Back Again

The Historian's Presence, or, There and Back Again

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(p.353) 20 The Historian's Presence, or, There and Back Again
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Ancient Historiography and its Contexts
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Cynthia Damon (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558681.003.0021

This chapter is an investigation of a Tacitean metaphor for historiography and its implications for the historian's role in history. The metaphor of the historian's physical proximity to his subject matter, which is found in the Annals 4 digression contrasting Tacitus's work with that of historians of earlier periods, is an offshoot of the enargeia that often enlivens a narrative. It is also one of the many connections between this digression and both Tacitus's account of the trial of the historian Cremutius Cordus (4.34-35) and what he suggests about his own work as historian.

Keywords:   Tacitus, Annals, digression, enargeia, Cremutius Cordus

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