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While Lucullus is one of the great figures of the late Roman republic, his achievements have been overshadowed by a reputation for luxurious living. This book explodes the legend and restores Lucullus to his true position as soldier, politician and aesthete.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-078-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 14,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 344
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-078-5
$168.00

In antiquity Lucullus was indisputably considered a great general, one to be numbered with Sulla and Pompey. This book narrates in detail the great Asiatic campaigns upon which his military reputation rests. But there is a darker side. Another ancient tradition suggests that when the wars were done he became a fatty degenerate, a miserable trifler devoting his time to banquets, baths and follies. Keaveney explodes this myth, arguing that Lucullus' leisure activities were the outward expression of an aesthetic impulse, not simply weak self indulgence. It is demonstrated, too, that Lucullus was active and influential in public life to the end of his days. Sulla, one of the republic's great figures, was a seminal influence on the life and political outlook of Lucullus. Lucullus and his friends aimed to carry the Sullan political ideal and constitutional arrangements into the next generation. This book details Lucullus' fight to do this, and shows how and why he ultimately failed. It is suggested that he may be viewed as a paradigm of the age in which he lived. Inheritor of the Sullan ideal, his failure is also its failure – in one man is embodied a whole class and its melancholy fate.

In antiquity Lucullus was indisputably considered a great general, one to be numbered with Sulla and Pompey. This book narrates in detail the great Asiatic campaigns upon which his military reputation rests. But there is a darker side. Another ancient tradition suggests that when the wars were done he became a fatty degenerate, a miserable trifler devoting his time to banquets, baths and follies. Keaveney explodes this myth, arguing that Lucullus' leisure activities were the outward expression of an aesthetic impulse, not simply weak self indulgence. It is demonstrated, too, that Lucullus was active and influential in public life to the end of his days. Sulla, one of the republic's great figures, was a seminal influence on the life and political outlook of Lucullus. Lucullus and his friends aimed to carry the Sullan political ideal and constitutional arrangements into the next generation. This book details Lucullus' fight to do this, and shows how and why he ultimately failed. It is suggested that he may be viewed as a paradigm of the age in which he lived. Inheritor of the Sullan ideal, his failure is also its failure – in one man is embodied a whole class and its melancholy fate.

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Contributor Biography

Arthur Keaveney

Graduate of University College Galway and Hull University. Currently Reader in Ancient History University of Kent. Research interests: Roman Republic, Achaemenid Persia, Neo-Latin

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Preface (page 7)
  • Preface to the Second Edition (page 9)
  • 1 Lucius Licinius Lucullus and the Luculli (page 11)
  • 2 Master and Pupil (page 31)
  • 3 The Politic Man (page 53)
  • 4 The Consulship (page 77)
  • 5 Confronting the king: the war with Mithridates (page 109)
  • 6 Confronting the king: the war with Tigranes (page 145)
  • 7 The Life of a Sponge? (page 185)
  • 8 ƒ retired Leisure that in trim gardens takes his pleasure (page 205)
  • 9 Lucius Licinius Lucullus and his age (page 235)
  • Appendix 1 (page 255)
    • Asia 81…79 (page 255)
  • Appendix 2 (page 265)
    • When did the Third Mithridatic War begin? (page 265)
  • Postscript (page 297)
  • Bibliography (page 321)
  • Index (page 335)
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