n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Raising one's standards? Domitian as model in Ammianus 14.1.10
|Article Title||Raising one's standards? Domitian as model in Ammianus 14.1.10|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||117 - 124|
Ammianus describes the Caesar Gallus at 14.1.10 as 'raising the standards of his obstinacy'. The unusual phrase is framed by a double allusion to Virgil's Aeneid and must be a referene to a description of the emperor Domitian at Silvae 4.2. Whereas Ammianus's normal practice in alluding to Statius is to use him simply as a repository of arresting phraseology, here he makes a more pronounced political point through intertextual allusion. Gallus is frequently compared to Domitian throughout Book 14 of Ammianus's history; here the comparison is used to illustrate how Gallus is rather less effective a tyrant than his predecessor. A subtle allusion thus foreshadows the Caesar's downfall.
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