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August 31, 2013

ART: The Tyrant as Artist: Legal Fiction and Sexual Violence under Tiberius

Author: Barbara Natalie Nagel
Title: The Tyrant as Artist
Subtitle: Legal Fiction and Sexual Violence under Tiberius
Journal: Law & Literature
Volume: 25
Issue: 2
Year: Summer 2013
Pages: 286-310
ISSN: 1535-685X - eISSN: 1541-2601
Language: English
Full Text: JSTOR [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Imagine that it is illegal to execute a virgin, so one must therefore violate a virgin prior to her execution—it is this legal crux from the reign of the second Roman emperor Tiberius that is the main object of this investigation. Tacitus’, Suetonius’, and Dio’s portrayals of Tiberius present the latter as the emperor of dissimulation, duplicity, hypocrisy, and pretense and at the same time as the self-proclaimed “justest emperor.” This article attempts a rhetorical analysis of Tiberius’ ironical dialogue with the law. It focuses on how Tiberius employs the genre of legal fiction to justify particularly gruesome punishments: Tiberius treats virginity as a legal fiction in order to literalize and thereby fix the concept of virginity. In effect, virginity is considered by the law not as a stable concept but rather as something transitory, which can be altered or molded.« [Source: Law & Literature]

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