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While Rome Burned: Fire, Leadership, and Urban Disaster in the Roman Cultural ImaginationVirginia M. Closs 2020
Working in the increasingly repressive environment of the early principate, Roman authors frequently employed "figured" speech and mythopoetic narratives to address politically risky topics. In response to shifting political and social realities, the literature of the early imperial period reimagines and reanimates not just historical fires, but also archetypal and mythic representations of conflagration. Throughout, the author engages critically with the growing subfield of disaster studies, as well as with theoretical approaches to language, allusion, and cultural memory.
The book is a study in politics and poetics, attending to the intersection of fire, city, and ruler in the first century and a half of Rome's imperial era, with implications for other premodern cities, all of which experienced the terror of urban fire.
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