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.