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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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(p.178) (p.179) Conclusion
The History of Make-Believe

Holly Haynes

University of California Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. This book has shown how Tacitus analyzes a particular form of government that responded to a particular societal need. Foucault emphasizes the valorization of certain formal arrangements of speech, and the pragmatic and tangible relations of power that result from this practice. Tacitus, by contrast, recreates with the peculiarities of his narrative the perceptions of the Julio–Claudian regime that existed in people's minds. Thus, Foucault would be interested in the disciplinary effects produced by various forms of Soviet power (e.g., judicial, social, economic) that create individuals who respond to it in a particular way; whereas Tacitus would represent the individuals' perceptions of their relation to power by imitating common phrases, beliefs, rumors, political deliberations, and machinations.

Keywords:   Tacitus, government, Foucault, Julio–Claudian regime, power

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