Roman literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian: literary interactions, AD 96-138
Editors: Alice König and Christopher Whitton
This volume builds on the work of two international conferences held in St Andrews in June 2013 and in Rostock in June 2014, under the aegis of the on-going Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian research project. It brings together a range of experts on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic literature to examine the texts and the literary culture of the period collectively. This period represents a lively area of growth in Latin scholarship, but the trend has been for author-specific studies, leaving connections and interactions between texts underexplored: there is still no monograph or collected volume addressing it as a whole. Yet post-Domitianic literature includes several significant and some great names in the canon and a conspicuous degree of interaction between these authors and between their works. Some of them knew each other personally; some collaborated in literary production (attending recitals, commenting on drafts, mentioning each other in their writings); several engage with each other intertextually, whether unilaterally or in dialogue. By exploring the variety of these interactions between historians and biographers, satirists and epigrammatists, epistolographers and philosophers, orators and educationalists, military writers and administrators, this volume aims to enhance our understanding both of individual texts and of the dynamics of literary production and consumption in the period. In the process, it will interrogate different models of intertextuality (from salutation, citation, echo and allusion to reworking, correction, omission and occlusion, as well as – inter alia – triangulations, interdiscursivity, and ‘cloud intertextuality’). It will also explore interactions between ‘literary’ and what is often termed ‘non-literary’ material (for example, edicts, imperial letters and the writings of jurists), and consider the ways in which the study of literary interactions can be informed by – and inform – approaches to social, cultural and political history of the ‘High’ Roman Empire.
The volume is fully peer-reviewed and will be published by CUP in 2018.