De Tácito a la lex de imperio Vespasiani o la organización del consentimiento de la dominación

Mas, Salvador
January 2011
Semata: Ciencias Sociais e Humanidades;2011, Issue 23, p77
Academic Journal
The subject of this paper is not historical, but meta-historical. My purpose, then, is not to identify, even briefly, the steps that led from the Republic to the Empire, but to point out a set of practical conditions for this process. More exactly, I will highlight a specific aspect of this process: how Tacitus's historiography did not merely describe this course of facts, but rather was a constitutive agent of it. When Tacitus asserted, for instance, that Augustus took upon himself all the powers formerly held by the Senate, he did not mirror mimetically a historical fact. He rather produced it inside his own narrative: explained it and gave it some meaning. Even though Tacitus criticized very harshly some emperors and senators (or because he just does so), his very criticism generates a system of imperial rule as a set of networks beyond the will of individuals.


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