Fides in Flavian Literature
Fides in Flavian Literature explores the ideology of "good faith" (fides) during the time of the emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian (69–96 CE), the new imperial dynasty that gained power in the wake of the civil wars of the period. The contributors to this volume consider the significance and semantic range of this Roman value in works that deal in myth, contemporary poetry, and history in both prose and verse. Though it does not claim to offer the comprehensive "last word" on fides in Flavian Rome, the book aims to show that fides in this period was subjected to a particularly striking and special brand of contestation and reconceptualization, used to interrogate the broad cultural changes and anxieties of the Flavian period as well as connect to a republican and imperial past. The editors argue that fides was both a vehicle for reconciliation and a means to test the nature of "good faith" in the wake of a devastating and divisive period in Roman history.
- Series: Phoenix Supplementary Volumes
- World Rights
- Page Count: 344 pages
- Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.3in
"An illuminating volume, Fides in Flavian Literature showcases a number of issues and arguments, illustrated with pertinent, original, and literary examples which are bound to provoke further discussion."
Joy Littlewood, independent scholar, Oxford, UK
"This book is a major contribution to research on Flavian literature, and excellently unpacks the extraordinary semantic and cultural range of fides, while also tying it to its peculiarly Flavian context."
Jean-Michel Hulls, Department of Classics, Dulwich College
Author InformationAntony Augoustakis is a professor in the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Emma Buckley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Classics and the University of St Andrews.
Claire Stocks is a lecturer in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Newcastle University.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Antony Augoustakis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Emma Buckley, St. Andrews University, and Claire Stocks, Newcastle University
Part I Fides: Flavian Politics
2. Broken Bonds: Perfidy and the Discourse of Civil War
Claire Stocks, Newcastle University
3. The Fides of Flavius Josephus
Steve Mason, University of Groningen
4. "A Greater Love": Fides in Statius’ Silvae
Neil W. Bernstein, Ohio University
Part II Fides: Flavian Myth
5. Faith in Fate: Plot, Gods, and Metapoetic Morality in Valerius Flaccus
Helen Lovatt, Nottingham University
6. Women’s Fides in Statius’ Thebaid
Alison Keith, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
7. Haec Pietas, Haec Fides: Permutations of Trust in Statius’ Thebaid
Antony Augoustakis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
8. Trust and Mistrust in the Achilleid
Dániel Kozák, Eötvös Loránd University
Part III Fides: Flavian History
9. Fides, Pietas, and the Outbreak of Hostilities in Punica
Raymond Marks, University of Missouri-Columbia
10. Hannibal as (Anti-)Hero of Fides in Silius’ Punica
Marco Fucecchi, University of Udine
11. The Failure of Female Fides in the Octavia
Lauren Donovan Ginsberg, University of Cincinnati
12. Fides under Fire: Virtue and Vice in the Octavia
Emma Buckley, St. Andrews University
Part IV Revisiting Flavian Fides
13. Flavian Fides in Tacitus’ Histories
Salvador Bartera, Mississippi State University
List of Contributors
Subjects and Courses