Velleius Paterculus: The Soldier and the Senator
Connal, R. (2013). Velleius Paterculus: The Soldier and the Senator. The Classical World, 107(1), 49-62. https://doi.org/10.1353/clw.2013.0108
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Velleius Paterculus spent many years as soldier and senator before writing his brief history in honor of Marcus Vinicius. In this paper, I suggest that his history reveals tensions between the public attitudes of Velleius the senator and the opposing convictions of Velleius the former soldier. While the senator dutifully praises the peace brought about by Augustus and Tiberius, the soldier continues to distrust peace, and to consider war the proper business of a Roman. This leads Velleius to undermine his praise of Augustan and Tiberian virtues, when he finds them inappropriate to actual or potential foreign enemies.
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