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James H. Richardson

The Fabii and the Gauls

Studies in historical thought and historiography in Republican Rome

186 p.
hard cover
ISBN 978-3-515-10040-3


This book explores how Roman ideas about human behaviour and historiography affected the ways in which the Romans wrote about their past. The first of the book's three chapters considers Roman views concerning human behaviour and the impact that these had on the traditions of Rome's past. The second looks at the presentation of the gens Fabia in the literary evidence and at the ways individual Fabii were said to have behaved. The final chapter examines the evidence for the Gallic sack of Rome and considers the influence that Greek historical traditions had on Rome's own traditions. Numerous members of the gens Fabia were said to have acted in a similar manner and even to have done the same things, while the tradition of the Gallic sack bears a striking resemblance to the tradition of the Persian sack of Athens. Scholarship usually maintains that individual historians such as Fabius Pictor were responsible for devising these sorts of parallels, and that they did so for their own literary and political purposes. The principal argument put forward here is that they are the inevitable product of Roman historical thought, and so need not be attributed to any one historian.


"The Fabii and the Gauls is an important contribution to the field of Roman Republican history and opens up promising new lines of inquiry into the intersection between Romans gens and Roman historiography. It will prove fruitful reading for scholars and students of all levels."
Andrew C. Johnston, Journal of Roman Studies 104, 2014

"...ein gut lesbares, klar formuliertes Buch [...], das reich an Argumenten und klaren Positionen ist. Allein deswegen kann es für zukünftige Forschungen zur römischen Historiographie, zum römischen Geschichtsbewusstsein wie auch zur frühen römischen Geschichte als anregend gelten."
Simon Lentzsch, H-Soz-Kult, 02.09.2013

"The book presents an innovatory insight to the ancient understanding of history […] due to the originality of the author’s approach, ‘The Fabii and Gauls’ will certainly occupy the place in the canon of the literature on Roman historiography."
Krzysztof Mogielnicki, Littera Antiqua 7, 2013

Dieser Band wurde außerdem rezensiert von:

Andreas Hofeneder, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012.10.13

Thibaud Lanfranchi, L'Antiquité Classique 83, 2014

Augustín Moreno, Anuario de la Escuela de Historia Virtual 5, 2014/6

Andrew B. Gallia, The American Historical Review 118, 2013/3

Rex Stem, The Classical Review 63, 2013/2

Dennis Pausch, Historische Zeitschrift 297, 2013/2

Nils Steffensen, Das Historisch-Politische Buch 61, 2013/5

Olivier Devillers, Revue des Etudes Anciennes 115, 2013/2

Index 41, 2013

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