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Name Rhiannon Ash
Position Professor of Roman Historiography
Institutional Affiliation University of Oxford
Latitude -1.259805
Longitude 51.756114
Research Interests

Latin prose literature of the imperial era, above all the Roman historian Tacitus, including syntax and vocabulary of Tacitus' Latin
ancient epistles, Greek and Roman biography, battle narratives, Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Pliny the Elder, and Pliny the Younger, social and cultural history under the Roman empire

Websites https://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-rhiannon-ash

Tacitus Annals 15 (Cambridge University Press 2018) Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
‘Rhetoric and Roman Historiography’, in M. MacDonald (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical
Studies (Oxford University Press 2017), 195-204.
‘The Biter Bit? Sejanus and Tiberius in Tacitus’ Annals, Omnibus 74 (2017).
'Tacitus and the Poets: In Nemora et Lucos … Secedendum est (Dialogus 9.6)?', 13-35 in P. Mitsis
and I. Ziogas (eds), Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry (De Gruyter 2016).
'Drip-Feed Invective: Pliny, Self-Fashioning, and the Regulus Letters', in A. Marmodoro and J. Hill
(eds), The Author's Voice in Classical Antiquity (Oxford University Press 2016).
'Never Say Die! Assassinating Emperors in Suetonius Lives of the Caesars', in K. De Temmerman
and K. Demoen (eds.), Fictional Lives. Ancient Biography and Fictionality, (Cambridge University
Press 2016).
'At the End of the Rainbow: Nero and Dido's Gold (Tacitus Annals 16.1-3)', 269-84 in R. Ash, J.
Mossman and F. Titchener (eds), Fame and Infamy: Essays on Characterization in Greek and
Roman Biography and Historiography (Oxford University Press 2015).
Fame and Infamy: Essays on Characterization in Greek and Roman Biography and Historiography
(Oxford University Press 2015) edited by R. Ash, J. Mossman and F. Titchener.
‘Shadow-Boxing in the East: The Spectacle of Romano-Parthian Conflict in Tacitus’, 139-56 in V.
Hope and A. Bakogianni (eds.), War as Spectacle (Bloomsbury, London 2015)
'Fractured Vision: Josephus and Tacitus on Triumph and Civil War', in R. Rees and J. Madsen J
(eds.) Double Vision (Brill 2014).
‘Act like a German! Tacitus’ Germania and National Characterisation in the Historical Works’, 183-98
in O. Devillers (ed.), Les opera minora de Tacite: étapes pour l’écriture de l’Histoire (éditions
Ausonius 2014)
‘Tacitean Fusion: Tiberius the Satirist?’, 433-47 in T.D. Papanghelis, S.J. Harrison, and S. Frangoulidis
(eds), Generic Interfaces in Latin Literature: Encounters, Interactions, and Transformations (De
Gruyter 2013)
'War Came in Disarray...' (Thebaid 7.616): Statius and the Depiction of Battle', in C. Newlands and
W. Dominik (eds), Blackwell Companion to Statius (Blackwell 2012).
'Women in Imperial Roman Literature',442-52 in S. James, S. Dillon (eds), A Companion to Women
in the Ancient World (Blackwell 2012).
Oxford Readings in Tacitus (edited volume, includes an introductory chapter by R. Ash), R. Ash
(ed.) (Oxford University Press 2012).
'Pliny the Elder's Attitude to Warfare', 1-19 in R.K. Gibson and R. Morello (eds), Pliny the Elder
Themes and Contexts (Brill 2011).
'Fighting Talk: Dillius Vocula's Last Stand (Tacitus Histories 4.58)', 211-31 in D. Pausch (ed),
Stimmen der Geschichte: Funktionen von Reden in der antiken Historiographie (De Gruyter 2010).
'Rhoxolani Blues (Tacitus Histories 1.79): Virgil's Scythian Ethnography Revisited', 141-54 in J.F.
Miller and A.J. Woodman (eds), Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire (Brill 2010).
'Tarda Moles Ciuilis Belli: The Weight of the Past in Tacitus' Histories', in Citizens of Discord:
Rome and its Civil Wars, 119-31 in B.W. Breed , C. Damon, and A. Rossi(eds.), (Oxford University
Press 2010).
'The Great Escape: Tacitus on the Mutiny of the Usipi (Agricola 28)', in Ancient Historiography and
its Contexts: Studies in Honour of A.J. Woodman, 275-93 in C.S. Kraus, J. Marincola, and C.
Pelling (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2010).
'Fission and Fusion: Shifting Roman Identities in Tacitus' Histories', 85-99 in A.J. Woodman (ed.),
The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus (Cambridge University Press 2009).
Tacitus: The Histories (Penguin 2009).
‘Standing in the Shadows: Plutarch and the Emperors in the Lives and Moralia’, in Proceedings of
the International Plutarch Society, University of Rethymno, Crete (De Gruyter 2008) 557-75.19.
Tacitus Histories II (Cambridge 2007), Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics commentary.
‘The Battle of Mons Graupius: An Historiographical Route Map?’, in J. Marincola (ed), A
Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford 2007) 434-40.
‘The Wonderful World of Mucianus’, in E. Bispham and G. Rowe (eds), Vita Vigilia Est:
Festschrift in Honour of Barbara Levick (Institute of Classical Studies, London 2007) 1-17.16.
‘Victim and Voyeur: Rome as a Character in Tacitus’ Histories’, in D.H.J. Larmour and D. Spencer
(eds), The Sites of Rome (Oxford 2007) 211-37.
‘Following in the Footsteps of Lucullus? Tacitus’ Characterisation of Corbulo’, in ‘Ingens
Eloquentiae Materia: Rhetoric and Empire in Tacitus’, Arethusa 39 (2006) 355-75. This is a special
volume in memory of Judy Ginsburg (Cornell University) co-edited by R. Ash and M. Malamud.
Tacitus (London and Bristol 2006).
Articles on Abraham Valpy and John Wight Duff for The Dictionary of British Classicists: 1500-
1960 (Bristol 2004) edited by R. Todd.
‘Julius Civilis: The Enemy Within’, Omnibus 45 (2003).
‘aliud est enim epistulam, aliud historiam...scribere: Pliny the Historian?’, in R. Morello and R.K.
Gibson (eds), Re-Imagining Pliny the Younger, Arethusa 36 (2003) 211-25.
‘Between Scylla and Charybdis? Historiographical Commentaries on Latin Historians’, in C.S.
Kraus and R.K. Gibson (eds), The Classical Commentary: History, Practice, Theory (Brill, Leiden
2002) 269-93.
‘Epic Encounters? Ancient Historical Battle Narratives and the Epic Tradition’, in D.S. Levene and
D.P. Nelis (eds), Clio and the Poets: Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient Historiography
(Brill, Leiden 2002) 253-73.
Fifty Key Classical Authors (Routledge, London 2002) with A. Sharrock, Manchester University.
Articles on Nero, Cassius Dio, Appian and Plutarch in the Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic
Tradition (Fitzroy Dearborn 2001)
Ordering Anarchy: Armies and Leaders in Tacitus’ Histories, (Duckworth, London and Ann Arbor
Michigan 1999).
‘An Exemplary Conflict: Tacitus’ Parthian Battle Narrative (Annals 6.34-5)’, Phoenix 53 (1999)
‘Waving the White Flag: Surrender Scenes at Livy 9.5-6 and Tacitus Histories 3.31 and 4.62’,
Greece and Rome 45 (1998) 27-44.
‘Warped Intertextualities: Naevius and Sallust at Tacitus Histories 2.12.2’, Histos 1 (1997).
Mystery History of the Roman Colosseum (Aladdin 1996), children’s book.
‘Severed Heads: Individual Portraits and Irrational Forces in Plutarch’s Galba and Otho’ in J.M.
Mossman (ed.) Plutarch and his Intellectual World (London and Swansea 1997) 189-214.

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