Florus and Dio on the enslavement of the provinces
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This paper draws attention to the unprecedented prominence of metaphors of enslavement to Rome in the historical narratives of Florus and Cassius Dio. Following an analysis of the thematic importance of the trope in their respective works, I point to further parallels in Herodian and Justin which suggest that the trope proved particularly productive in both Latin and Greek historiography in the late second and early third centuries CE. The end of the paper considers broader cultural developments that might underlie this phenomenon, notably the proliferation of dominus as an epithet for the emperor and the ongoing enfranchisement of provincials.
Lavan , M P 2013 , ' Florus and Dio on the enslavement of the provinces ' Cambridge Classical Journal , vol 59 , pp. 125-151 . DOI: 10.1017/S1750270513000067
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