• Nepos' Biographical Method in the Lives of Foreign Generals

    Author(s):
    Jeffrey Beneker (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Ancient Greek history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    roman history, Cornelius Nepos, Ancient Biography
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6277T
    Abstract:
    This article argues that the programmatic statements in Nepos’ preface to the Lives of Foreign Generals and in some of the Lives themselves help establish that his biographies emphasize the virtues of his subjects and not their res gestae. References to unlearned readers, often taken as an indication of the general igno- rance of Nepos’ audience, are actually a method for constructing an ideal reader who will be sensitive to cultural differences between Greeks and Romans and will understand the differences between biography and history.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    Classical Journal
    Volume:
    105
    Start Page:
    109
    End Page:
    121
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 week ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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