TITLE

"Potior Utroque Vespasianus": Vespasian and His Predecessors in Tacitus's "Histories."

AUTHOR(S)
Damon, Cynthia
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
Arethusa;Spring2006, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p245
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores the role of Potior Utroque Vespasianus in the literary work "Histories," by Cornelius Tacitus. In the narrative work, Tacitus tells the stories of fall and rise three times and uses the failures of Vespasian's predecessors to help explain Vespasian's success. Tacitus expresses vehement and repeated disapproval of the prominence of freedmen in public affairs during the civil war. The freedman is paired with a man whose title to rank and status is based on traditional criteria. These characters are linked by content and tone.
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21384291

 

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