Vol. 45 (2009)
Articles

La „saevitia” de Quintilius Varus: transformación de su imagen entre Velleius Paterculus y L. Annaeus Florus

Published August 9, 2020
Maria Giovanna González-Conde
Universidad de Alicante
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González-Conde, M. G. (2020). La „saevitia” de Quintilius Varus: transformación de su imagen entre Velleius Paterculus y L. Annaeus Florus. Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis, 45, 79–90. Retrieved from https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/classica/article/view/8093

In Latin literature the image of Quintilius Varus underwent an evolution between Velleius Paterculus and Florus that to a large extent corresponded to the change of political circumstances within the Roman state. During the reign of Tiberius the “clades Variana” was devised as a means that helped justify to public opinion the changes in foreign policy. A century later, Annaeus Florus, who had lived through Trajan’s wars, described the “saevitia” of Varus and attacked the idea of expansion beyond the limes. This attitude provides further support for the case that is now made for his work’s “Hadrianic ideology”.