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Cassius Dio and the Principate

edited by

Christopher Burden-Strevens    University of Kent, UK    

Jesper Majbom Madsen    Syddansk Universitet, Danmark    

Antonio Pistellato    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia     ORCID iD



In the Imperial books of his Roman History, Cassius Dio focuses on individual emperors and imperial institutions to promote a political framework for the ideal monarchy, and to theorise autocracy’s typical problems and their solutions. The distinctive narrative structure of Dio’s work creates a unique sense of the past and allows us to see Roman history through a specific lens: that of a man who witnessed the Principate from the Antonines to the Severans. When Dio was writing, the Principate was a full-fledged historical fact, having experienced more than two hundred years of history, good and bad emperors, and three major civil wars. This collection of seven essays sets out to address these issues, and to see Dio not as an ‘adherent’ to or ‘advocate’ of monarchy, but rather as a theorist of its development and execution.

Keywords: Elagabalus. Ideal Government. Iron age. Septimius Severus. Civilitas Principis. Cicero. Pertinax. Stoicism. Principate. Caesar. Consilium. Vespasian. Contemporary historiography. Cassius Dio’s contemporary history. Ideal emperor. Political structure. Cassius Dio. Augustus. The Flavian dynasty. Mixed Constitution Theory. Caligula and Claudius. Emperor-Senate relationships. Virtue. Monarchy. Imperial Historiography. Commodus and Pertinax. Severan dynasty. Caracalla. Dynastic succession. Domitian. Macrinus. Roman History. Senate. Ancient Rome. Titus. Imperator.

Published: Dec. 21, 2020  

Language: it, en

ISBN (print): 978-88-6969-473-8    ISBN (ebook): 978-88-6969-472-1

permalink http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-472-1

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Christopher Burden-Strevens    Jesper Majbom Madsen    Antonio Pistellato   
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