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Historiography at the End of the RepublicProvincial Perspectives on Roman Rule$
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Liv Mariah Yarrow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.001.0001

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Theory and Method

Theory and Method

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(p.78) 2 Theory and Method
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Historiography at the End of the Republic
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Liv Mariah Yarrow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.003.0003

It is not a new idea that in antiquity intellectual activity could have a political dimension, particularly among non-Romans during the Late Republic. However, the poor survival rate of the relevant texts has meant that little attention is given to the writings themselves. Most of the intellectuals of central political influence are known only through testimonia, instead of via their own words. These difficulties can be overcome partially by positing a certain degree of unity amongst the intellectual elite throughout the Mediterranean. This premise allows for a reconstruction of the range of representations of and responses to a particular stimulus, namely the development of Roman hegemony. Statements made by non-Romans regarding Roman engagements outside Italy are not just reflections of reality, but are also attempts to direct the perspective of the elite, both Roman and provincial, and thereby redirect their future interactions.

Keywords:   Rome, intellectuals, historical texts, antiquity

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