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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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Introduction

Introduction

Belief and Make-Believe

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The History of Make-Believe
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Holly Haynes

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236509.003.0001

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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