Rewriting Power: Zenobia, Aurelian, and the Historia Augusta
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The portrayal of Zenobia of Palmyra in the Historia Augusta must be regarded with suspicion as a faithful representation of historical events. When considered as a narrative, however, this episode becomes a discourse on the correlation of power, gender, and ethnicity. In a new reading of the Life of Aurelian (HA 22–34), I argue that the construction of the episode’s plot as well as devices such as variable focalization and dramatic irony call attention to the nexus of power, gender, and cultural identity, and ultimately destabilize the assumption that power is Roman and masculine.
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MSU Digital Commons Citation
Jones, Prudence, "Rewriting Power: Zenobia, Aurelian, and the Historia Augusta" (2016). Department of Classics and General Humanities Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 3.
Jones, Prudence. "Rewriting Power: Zenobia, Aurelian, and the Historia Augusta." Classical World, vol. 109 no. 2, 2016, pp. 221-233. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/clw.2016.0011