Sextus Pompeius
edited by Anton Powell and Kathryn Welch
ISBN-13: 978-0-7156-3127-0 ISBN-10: 0-7156-3127-6, hardback, xvii+285 pp., 2002, GB £45.00
 

The editors: Anton Powell is author of Athens and Sparta and of studies in the politics of Latin poetry. Kathryn Welch has published numerous papers on the politics of late-Republican Rome. Powell and Welch have previously collaborated in editing Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter (CPW and Duckworth, 1998).

The son of Pompey the Great cast a long shadow. Acclaimed by the Roman populace in his lifetime, his traditional virtues and military successes put to shame his civil-war rival Octavian. After his death, he was passionately and safely abused by Octavian and Augustan writers as a marginal nuisance, a pirate. The image of a 'second rank' figure has been propagated by scholars into recent times. But a very different story can now be constructed, from the testimony of historians and poets in antiquity and from the eloquent and long-neglected coinage of Sextus Pompeius himself. Here ten studies from an international cast reveal a figure whose actions and image shaped the ethos not just of the civil-war period but of the early Principate.

 

CONTENTS
Introduction - Anton Powell
Acknowledgements
1. Both sides of the coin: Sextus Pompeius and the so-called Pompeiani - Kathryn Welch
2. Sextus Pompeius and the Res Publica in 42-39 BC - Kathryn Welch
3. Sextus Pompeius and Spain: 46-44 BC - Benedict J. Lowe
4. 'An island amid the flame': The strategy and imagery of Sextus Pompeius, 43-36 BC - Anton Powell
5. Sextus Pompeius, Octavianus and Sicily - Shelley C. Stone III
6. Pompeian and Scribonian descendants in the Early Empire - Hugh Lindsay
7. Pirates, witches and slaves: The imperial afterlife of Sextus Pompeius - Alain M. Gowing
8. Horace and the Pirates - Lindsay Watson
9. Magno proles indigna parente: The role of Sextus Pompeius in Lucan's Bellum Civile - Charles Tesoriero
10. Lucan's Sextus Pompeius episode: Its necromantic, political and literary background - Daniel Ogden
Coinage (Plates 1-14)
Index