A Companion to the Neronian Age

A Companion to the Neronian Age

Language: English

Pages: 504

ISBN: 1444332724

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An authoritative overview and helpful resource for students and scholars of Roman history and Latin literature during the reign of Nero.

  • The first book of its kind to treat this era, which has gained in popularity in recent years
  • Makes much important research available in English for the first time
  • Features a balance of new research with established critical lines
  • Offers an unusual breadth and range of material, including substantial treatments of politics, administration, the imperial court, art, archaeology, literature and reception studies
  • Includes a mix of established scholars and groundbreaking new voices
  • Includes detailed maps and illustrations

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witness a constant re-telling, re-writing, and re-phrasing of the literary tradition in Senecan tragedy, our sensitivity to which has been enhanced by the critical concept of intertextuality. Thus the initial question by the ghost of Tantalus – in quod malum transcribor? (13) – is not only meaningful in its immediate context: ‘‘To what new sufferings am I shifted?’’, ‘‘To what punishment am I being re-assigned?’’ It shifts to register also ‘‘Into what evil am I being copied? For committing what

R¨omischen Welt II .36.3: 2014–65. Nock, A. (1931), ‘‘Kornutos,’’ Paulys Realencyclop¨adie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, suppl. 5: 995–1005. Nussbaum, M. (2002), ‘‘The Incomplete Feminism of Musonius Rufus, Platonist Stoic and Roman,’’ in M. Nussbaum and J. Sihvola, eds, The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece and Rome. Chicago and London: 283–326. Sedley, D. (2003), ‘‘The School, from Zeno to Arius Didymus’’ in B. Inwood, ed., The Cambridge Companion

gives Seneca some wriggle room when the sticky question arises, are the people who really matter slaves to the emperor too? You won’t catch him saying so, and when Caligula demands explicitly slavish behavior from a senator Seneca is outraged (On Benefits 2.12.2): senators are a different matter. Coming from On Clemency, we see the passing ‘‘freedom’’ of the populus in Apoc. 12.3 for what it is. Their party will have to come to an end, and that, in Seneca’s terms, presents no ideological

was not required in heading the imperial system. As with other emperors, it is largely unclear how far Nero personally directed policy. But the fact that the foreign affairs of Nero’s reign are so firmly fixed in the Greek east may well be a consequence not only of the turn of events, but also of the emperor’s personal priorities and interests. In any event, examination of the evidence shatters the familiar image of Nero as an unmilitary emperor, unconcerned with the frontier. Like Apollo and

explicitly public and political at the end of the Republic, a precursor to the prominence of the women of the imperial family. One result of the public performance of domesticity was that the public itself took a personal interest in the imperial family and became invested in the fortunes of this ‘‘ideal’’ family and its individual members. Despite repeated inconvenient and offmessage assaults on this ideological program – notably, the scandalous affairs of the two Julias, Augustus’ daughter and

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