The Historian L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi and the Roman Annalistic Tradition (Classical Literary Studies)

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Forsythe exhaustively examines all surviving fragments from Piso's history. Piso's centrality to many important historical and historiographical issues of the regal period, early republic, and middle republic and the relative abundance of his fragments and testimonia on his life make the work wide ranging in its scope. In a comprehensive and contextual manner, the author treats his subjects in the broader contexts of Roman history and the annalistic tradition.
Contents: List of Abbreviations; Preface and Acknowledgements; Piso's Family and Political Career; Prolegomena to the History; Piso's First Book, The Regal Period; Piso's Second and Third Books, The Early Republic; Piso's Later Books, The Middle Republic; Appendix, Testimonia and Fragments; Bibliography; Index.

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Gary Forsythe is Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.

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This is a really excellent book, clearly the fruit of many years' work....[W]hat Gary Forsythe has done...could hardly have been done better. Students of history and historiography alike are deeply in his debt.>>>> (Professor T.P. Wiseman)

It throws a beam of light both on Roman history and on the writing of Roman history. In an era of impressionistic literary musings it is very pleasing to read a work of erudition, a work firmly grounded in history and philology...His book is an edificeof scholarship. It is also a tale of indomitable spirit.>>> (Professor T.P. Wiseman Ajp)

Highly recommended for all with an interest in early Roman historiography and/or in a particularly painstaking method of necessary scholarship.>>>> (Professor T.P. Wiseman Religious Studies Review)

...a work of great learning, which makes a valuable addition to the scholarly literature. It may be consulted with profit on a wide range of topics...>>>> (Professor T.P. Wiseman The Classical Review)

The book represents a major contribution to our understanding both of the Romans' reconstruction of their own past and of the events mentioned in the fragments.>>>> (Kurt A. Raaflaub)

The book represents a major contribution to our understanding both of the Romans' reconstruction of their own past and of the events mentioned in the fragments. (Kurt A. Raaflaub)

This is a really excellent book, clearly the fruit of many years' work....[W]hat Gary Forsythe has done...could hardly have been done better. Students of history and historiography alike are deeply in his debt. (Professor T.P. Wiseman)

It throws a beam of light both on Roman history and on the writing of Roman history. In an era of impressionistic literary musings it is very pleasing to read a work of erudition, a work firmly grounded in history and philology...His book is an edifice of scholarship. It is also a tale of indomitable spirit. (Professor T.P. Wiseman Ajp)

Highly recommended for all with an interest in early Roman historiography and/or in a particularly painstaking method of necessary scholarship. (Professor T.P. Wiseman Religious Studies Review)

...a work of great learning, which makes a valuable addition to the scholarly literature. It may be consulted with profit on a wide range of topics... (Professor T.P. Wiseman The Classical Review)

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