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Teoria politica e scrittura storiografica nei ‘libri imperiali’ della Storia Romana di Cassio Dione

Martina Bono    Università di Pavia, Italia    

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This paper investigates to what extent the emergence of the princeps shapes Dio’s narrative. The best fitting passages for investigating this topic are the so called “anectodical-biographical sections”, which cannot be utterly dismissed as pieces of imperial biography: it would be better to consider those sections as devoted to the evaluation of the emperor’s praxis of government on a very concrete (rather that moralistic) ground. These narrative proceedings betray the existence of a well-structured framework lying beneath the work’s building in terms of political thought. In fact, Dio develops a consistent perspective about the relationship he expected between the princeps and the senate, fashioned, to my mind, by the princeps civilis model. This paradigm is sustained by a very classical political theory, although remoulded: the ‘mixed constitution’ theory.

keywords: Cassius Dio’s contemporary history. Imperial Historiography. Mixed Constitution Theory. Emperor-Senate relationships. Civilitas Principis.

Language: it

Submitted: Sept. 8, 2020   Accepted: Oct. 13, 2020   Published: Dec. 21, 2020  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-472-1/002

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