Title

Rewriting Power: Zenobia, Aurelian, and the Historia Augusta

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Journal / Book Title

Classical World

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1353/clw.2016.0011

Journal ISSN / Book ISBN

1558-9234

Published Citation

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

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