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Network, Cassius Dio: Between History and Politics

The Network (2016-2018) is a joint venture between SDU, AU and AAU, in cooperation with University of Alberta and Georgetown University.

The Network (2016-2018) is a joint venture between SDU, AU and AAU, in cooperation with University of Alberta and Georgetown University.

The Network is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF), Humanities (FKK), Georgetown University, and the University of Alberta.

The main purpose of the propsed network will be to pursue a combined historiographic, literary and rhetorical analysis of Cassius Dio’s work and of its political and intellectual agendas. The principal aim of the network is to change how Cassius Dio is perceived: from a historian sometimes judged mediocre to a politician and intellectual steeped in Roman history and historiography. This reassessment will rest on deeper study of his narrative technique, his relationship with traditions of universal and more Rome-based historiography, and his structural approach to Roman history. Cassius Dio is the only historian who follows the developments of Rome’s political institutions during a more than thousand year period. This makes him an indispensable source for Rome’s history. Traditionally, work on Cassius Dio has focused on one or several contiguous books. The aim of this network is to take on the whole work and reposition it as a central achievement of Greco-Roman historiography.

Conference, Aalborg, autumn 2017: Cassius Dio and Civil War

(Carsten Hjort Lange)