Hadrian's adoption speech in Cassius Dio's Roman History and the problems of imperial succession

Davenport, Caillan and Mallan, Christopher (2014) Hadrian's adoption speech in Cassius Dio's Roman History and the problems of imperial succession. American Journal of Philology, 135 4: 637-668. doi:10.1353/ajp.2014.0044

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Author Davenport, Caillan
Mallan, Christopher
Title Hadrian's adoption speech in Cassius Dio's Roman History and the problems of imperial succession
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Hadrian's adoption speech in Cassius Dio's Roman History and the problems of imperial succession
Journal name American Journal of Philology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9475
1086-3168
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/ajp.2014.0044
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 135
Issue 4
Start page 637
End page 668
Total pages 32
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The adoption of Antoninus Pius provided Cassius Dio with the opportunity to insert into his narrative a speech delivered by Hadrian justifying the selection of his successor (69.20.1–5). This article examines the content of the speech and its relationship to Dio’s own thoughts on the mechanics of imperial succession expressed elsewhere in the Roman History. It is argued that the speech articulates Dio’s ideal mode of succession, which sees the promotion of a model civilis princeps, while subtly drawing attention to the problems inherent in a system where an emperor chooses his successor. Furthermore, it is suggested that these views may be read as Dio’s hostile reaction to the practices of his own day.
Keyword Cassius Dio
Hadrian
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 03 Dec 2014, 23:13:14 EST by Dr Caillan Davenport on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry