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Chapter 8 - Et sine auctore notissimi uersus

Unauthored Poetry and Rome’s Authoritarian Turn

from Part II - Absence in Context

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 September 2021

Tom Geue
Affiliation:
University of St Andrews, Scotland
Elena Giusti
Affiliation:
University of Warwick
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This paper engages with the anonymous verses quoted by Suetonius in his Lives of the Caesars. By analyzing several poems concerning Julius Caesar, Augustus and Tiberius, it shows how these powerful men had had to deal with an anonymous (and pseudonymous) anti-propaganda which involves different social backgrounds cooperating together from the stage of composition to that of circulation. The presence of these voices offers a means of testing the authoritarian climate and the different reactions between the three figures of power considered above.

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Unspoken Rome
Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception
, pp. 142 - 164
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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