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The History of Make-BelieveTacitus on Imperial Rome$
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Holly Haynes

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236509

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236509.001.0001

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Belief and Make-Believe

(p.1) Introduction
The History of Make-Believe

Holly Haynes

University of California Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of emperor Napoleon's assessment of Tacitus. How Napoleon wielded his authority instantiates the authority itself. He embodied what he identified as a problem in Tacitean historiography: the uncomfortably close bond between style and content. The chapter then sets out the book's main theme, that literary analysis, while indispensable to the interpretation of historiography, is inadequate unless it incorporates investigation into the experience of a lived, historical reality.

Keywords:   Tacitus, ideology, literary analysis, historiography, Napoleon, authority

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