The History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus of Herodian in eight books, written in Greek, is a key source for the period from the reign of Commodus (AD 180) to that of Gordian III (238). Herodian is an eyewitness and the only contemporary historian whose work has come down to us in full. His point of view is all the more valuable because he is an outsider with respect to both court historiography, whose flattery he stigmatized, and to senatorial historians, represented mainly by Cassius Dio and by the biographies in the Historia Augusta. Nonetheless, Herodian has often been harshly criticized as a historian. To better understand the relevance of his historiographical approach and his historical thought the paper intends to show the different wisdoms that religion takes on in Herodian's work and shows how the author was insensitive to the topic.

Galimberti, A., Religion in Herodian, in Alessandro Galimbert, A. G. (ed.), Herodian's World. Empire and Emperors in the III Century, Brill, Boston, Massachussetts, USA 2022: 154- 170 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/192578]

Religion in Herodian

Galimberti, Alessandro
Primo
2022

Abstract

The History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus of Herodian in eight books, written in Greek, is a key source for the period from the reign of Commodus (AD 180) to that of Gordian III (238). Herodian is an eyewitness and the only contemporary historian whose work has come down to us in full. His point of view is all the more valuable because he is an outsider with respect to both court historiography, whose flattery he stigmatized, and to senatorial historians, represented mainly by Cassius Dio and by the biographies in the Historia Augusta. Nonetheless, Herodian has often been harshly criticized as a historian. To better understand the relevance of his historiographical approach and his historical thought the paper intends to show the different wisdoms that religion takes on in Herodian's work and shows how the author was insensitive to the topic.
Inglese
Herodian's World. Empire and Emperors in the III Century
978-90-04-50023-5
Brill
Galimberti, A., Religion in Herodian, in Alessandro Galimbert, A. G. (ed.), Herodian's World. Empire and Emperors in the III Century, Brill, Boston, Massachussetts, USA 2022: 154- 170 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/192578]
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