Cassius Dio on Julia Domna: a study of the political and ethical functions of bibliographical representation in Dio's Roman history

Mallan, C. T. (2013) Cassius Dio on Julia Domna: a study of the political and ethical functions of bibliographical representation in Dio's Roman history. Mnemosyne, 66 4-5: 734-760. doi:10.1163/1568525X-12341161

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Author Mallan, C. T.
Title Cassius Dio on Julia Domna: a study of the political and ethical functions of bibliographical representation in Dio's Roman history
Journal name Mnemosyne   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-7074
1568-525X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/1568525X-12341161
Volume 66
Issue 4-5
Start page 734
End page 760
Total pages 27
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Brill
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Of the individuals who appear in the closing books of Cassius Dio’s Roman History, there is perhaps none more beguiling than Julia Domna. Dio’s account of the life of Domna is the fullest surviving from antiquity. Yet, Dio’s portrayal of Domna is not a miscellany of facts about the empress, and thus should not be treated as such. Rather, it is a contrived literary portrayal that fulfilled important moralizing functions within the Severan narrative of the Roman History. This article provides an analysis of Dio’s portrayal of Domna. It suggests that Dio shaped his portrayal of Domna to serve two purposes within the text: firstly, to act as a foil to his portrayals of C. Fulvius Plautianus and Caracalla; and, secondly, to explore through the figure of Domna political and ethical themes relevant to Dio’s appraisal of the Severan period.
Keyword Julia Domna
Cassius Dio
Biographical representation
Historiography
Imperial women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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