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2014 | 3 | 9-17

Article title

Opowieść o koniu, który ani piękny, ani duży, ale wytrzymały był (HA., Prob., 8)

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Title variants

EN
A tale of a horse which, though not handsome or especially large, was reputed to be able to run one hundred miles in a day

Languages of publication

PL

Abstracts

EN
The present paper discusses a peculiar fragment in ”Historia Augusta” (v. Probi 8) concerning the gift of a horse to Probus from his soldiers. According to former scholars, it represents nothing else than a literary topos. Consequently, the passage has not been the object of much interest to contemporary historians. However, the author argues that, irrespectful of its authenticity, this anecdote may constitute a key to proper understanding of Probus’s image created in “Historia Augusta”. Thus, on one level of analysis, the story serves as a means of presenting an idealised image of the emperor. On the other hand, it may also be considered as an omen imperii.

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Contributors

  • Instytut Historii i Stosunków Międzynarodowych Uniwersytet Szczeciński

References

Document Type

Publication order reference

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YADDA identifier

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