Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature

Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source

Conspiracy theory as a theoretical framework has emerged only in the last twenty years; commentators are finding it a productive way to explain the actions and thoughts of individuals and societies. In this compelling exploration of Latin literature, PagAin uses conspiracy theory to illuminate the ways that elite Romans invoked conspiracy as they navigated the hierarchies, divisions, and inequalities in their society. By seeming to uncover conspiracy everywhere, Romans could find the need to crush slave revolts, punish rivals with death or exile, dismiss women, denigrate foreigners, or view their emperors with deep suspicion. Expanding on her earlier Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History, PagAin here interprets the works of poets, satirists, historians, and oratorsa€”Juvenal, Tacitus, Suetonius, Terence, and Cicero, among othersa€”to reveal how each writer gave voice to fictional or real actors who were engaged in intrigue and motivated by a calculating worldview. Delving into multiple genres, PagAin offers a powerful critique of how conspiracy and conspiracy theory can take hold and thrive when rumor, fear, and secrecy become routine methods of interpreting (and often distorting) past and current events. In Roman society, where knowledge about others was often lacking and stereotypes dominated, conspiracy theory explained how the world worked. The persistence of conspiracy theory, from antiquity to the present day, attests to its potency as a mechanism for confronting the frailties of the human condition.Victoria PagAin ... and South (Tucson 2008), the University of North Carolinaa€“ Greensboro (2008), Washington University in St. Louis (2011), and the ... of 2007 and by the award of the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 2008a€“2009. ... I am especially grateful to Robert Wagman, Allan Burns, David Pharies, and Paul Da#39;Anieri for the steadfast leadership thatanbsp;...

Title:Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature
Author:Victoria Pagán
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2012-12-15


You Must CONTINUE and create a free account to access unlimited downloads & streaming