The conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio's Roman History

Davenport, Caillan (2014) The conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio's Roman History. Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, 63 1: 96-116.

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Author Davenport, Caillan
Title The conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio's Roman History
Formatted title
The conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio’s Roman History
Language of Title eng
Journal name Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name Journal of Ancient History
Language of Journal Name ger
ISSN 0018-2311
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 63
Issue 1
Start page 96
End page 116
Total pages 21
Place of publication Stuttgart, Germany
Publisher Franz Steiner Verlag
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article offers an explanation as to why Cassius Dio praises aspects of Vitellius' conduct as emperor in his Roman History (65.6–7). Although Dio preserves much of the standard invective against the emperor, he also acknowledges Vitellius' clemency towards his predecessors' supporters, his restrictions on aristocratic participation in gladiatorial combats, and his even-handed treatment of his fellow senators. It is argued that Dio chose to highlight this behaviour because it contrasted positively with the negative examples of emperors during his own lifetime. This conclusion enhances our understanding of Dio's historical methodology, demonstrating that he was able to discriminate between an emperor's character deficiencies and the good aspects of his rule.
Keyword Roman history
Cassius Dio
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 19 Dec 2013, 20:12:12 EST by Dr Caillan Davenport on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry