Cassius Dio on Perusia: A Study in Human Nature During Civil War

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Abstrakt

From Thucydides to Kalyvas, civil war is associated with wickedness and personal animosities. This contribution seeks to view the violence of the Late Republican civil war through the lens applied to it by Cassius Dio. It focusses on Dio’s portrayal of the use of violence by Young Caesar upon the fall of Perusia early in 40 BCE—allegedly followed by the killing of three hundred Senators and equites as well as the Perusine citizens. Violence was not only a conspicuous part of civil war, but also had a distinct purpose—viz. the elimination of personal enemies and the confirmation of power. This use of indiscriminate as opposed to selective violence speaks volumes about the balance of power in Italy: Young Caesar was not in total control in 41-40 BCE. Dio did not wholeheartedly commit to the story of the three hundred, but he still mentions it: clearly this concerns not only Dio’s wish to understand human nature and the leading civil war protagonists; it concerns also the impact of civil war, and the historian’s approach to it through narrative.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelIn Jesper M. Madsen & C.H. Lange (eds.) Cassius Dio the Historian: Methods and Approaches
UdgivelsesstedLeiden and Boston
ForlagBrill
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2021
BegivenhedCassius Dio the Historian: Methods and Approaches/Call for papers - SDU, Odense , Danmark
Varighed: 7 dec. 20169 dec. 2016

Konference

KonferenceCassius Dio the Historian: Methods and Approaches/Call for papers
LokationSDU
LandDanmark
ByOdense
Periode07/12/201609/12/2016
NavnHistoriography of Rome and Its Empire

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    Cassius Dio: Between History and Politics (Forskernetværk, FKK)

    Lange, C. H., Madsen, J. M., Hinge, G., Osgood, J., Kemezis, A., Coudry, M., Allen, J., Ando, C., Asirvatham, S., Baron, C., Burden-Strevens, C., Gowing, A., Jones, B., Kuhn, A., Kuhn, C., Langford, J., Mallan, C., Markov, K., Mastrorosa, I. G., Rich, J., Scott, A. G., Schultz, V., Urso, G. & Vaahtera, J.

    01/08/201631/07/2018

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    Cassius Dio the Historian: Methods and Approaches

    Carsten Hjort Lange (Arrangør)

    7 dec. 20169 dec. 2016

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    Citationsformater

    Lange, C. H. (Accepteret/In press). Cassius Dio on Perusia: A Study in Human Nature During Civil War. I In Jesper M. Madsen & C.H. Lange (eds.) Cassius Dio the Historian: Methods and Approaches Brill. Historiography of Rome and Its Empire