Historical examples played a key role in ancient Roman culture, and
Matthew Roller's book presents a coherent model for understanding
the rhetorical, moral, and historiographical operations of Roman
exemplarity. It examines the process of observing, evaluating, and
commemorating noteworthy actors, or deeds, and then holding those
performances up as norms by which to judge subsequent actors or as
patterns for them to imitate. The model is fleshed out... more...