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Detective Fiction and Historical Narrative1

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 September 2009

Extract

We know that Cicero successfully defended Sextus Roscius on a charge of parricide in 80 B.C.; we know that Vespasian became emperor after the civil wars of A.D. 69, and founded the Flavian dynasty which ended with his son Domitian's death in A.D. 96.

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Copyright © The Classical Association 1999

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Notes

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3. Todorov, Tzvetan, ‘Detective Fiction’ in The Poetics of Prose (Cornell U.P., 1977), 46Google Scholar.

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14. Roman Blood, 5.

15. Sulla's words: ‘Are you really so proud to be their champion, Cicero, to have saved a bloody parricide just so you could kick me in the balls, all in the name of old-fashioned Roman virtue?’ (Roman Blood, 374).

16. The Silver Pigs, 249.

17. Ibid., 164.

18. Ibid., 241.

19. Pliny, , Panegyric of Trajan 48.3Google Scholar.

20. Ibid., 90.5.

21. All following quotations are from The Silver Pigs, 241.

22. Suet. Dom. 3.1.