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The History of Make-Believe: Tacitus on Imperial Rome

Holly Haynes


This work points to a new understanding of the logic of Roman rule during the early Empire. The book shows that Tacitus does not write about the reality of imperial politics and culture but about the imaginary picture that imperial society makes of these concrete conditions of existence—the “making up and believing” that figure in both the subjective shaping of reality and the objective interpretation of it. The book traces Tacitus's development of this fingere/credere dynamic both backward and forward from the crucial year ad 69. Using recent theories of ideology, especially within the Marxis ... More

Keywords: Roman rule, early Empire, Tacitus, imaginary picture, imperial society, making up and believing, subjective shaping, objective interpretation, fingere/credere, Histories

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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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Holly Haynes, author

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