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By Victoria Emma Pagán

Conspiracy is a thread that runs during the tapestry of Roman heritage. From the earliest days of the Republic to the waning of the Empire, conspiracies and intrigues created shadow worlds that undermined the openness of Rome's representational executive. to show those darkish corners and repair a feeling of order and protection, Roman historians usually wrote approximately well-known conspiracies and approximately how their mystery plots have been detected and the perpetrators punished. those debts reassured readers that the conspiracy was once a unprecedented exception that might now not take place again—if every person remained vigilant.

In this primary book-length therapy of conspiracy in Roman heritage, Victoria Pagán examines the narrative concepts that 5 sought after historians used to reveal occasions that were intentionally shrouded in secrecy and silence. She compares how Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus developed their debts of the betrayed Catilinarian, Bacchanalian, and Pisonian conspiracies. Her research finds how a ancient account of a mystery occasion will depend on the transmittal of delicate info from a personal environment to the general public sphere—and why ladies and slaves frequently proved to be excellent transmitters of secrets and techniques. Pagán then turns to Josephus's and Appian's debts of the assassinations of Caligula and Julius Caesar to discover how the 2 historians maintained suspense all through their narratives, regardless of readers' previous wisdom of the outcomes.

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