Latin literature and Roman history

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This chapter offers a perspective on Latin literature from the neighbouring field of Roman history. It discusses what appears to be a growing intellectual divide between the two fields, a divergence that is surprising given the increased focus on the politics of literature among Latinists. The essay also offers some suggestions for bridging the gap. I suggest that Latinists could take a much broader view of the structures of power in which Latin texts were embedded, rather than focusing on the phenomenon of autocracy and high politics, that they might profitably continue to extend their attention to non-literary texts and especially inscriptions, and that they could work harder to speak to historians.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge critical guide to Latin literature
EditorsRoy Gibson, Christopher Whitton
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781108363303
ISBN (Print)9781108421089
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • Latin literature
  • Roman history
  • Inscriptions
  • Historiography
  • Power
  • Ideology


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