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6AACTL20 Neronian Literature and Culture

Credit  value: 30
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20:  Dr Martin Dinter
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hours seminar (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3-hour exam (100%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students

2019/20 onwards: 2 x 3,000-word essays (higher marked essay is weighted at 60%, while the lower is weighted at 40%)

Pre 2019/20: 3 x 3,000-word essay (100%, essays worth 1/3 each)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

Recent years have seen a renewal of and rise in interest in the Age of Nero. Neronian scholarship from the 90s onwards interrogated a 'Neronian mirage' - crucial to understanding and peeling back what is essentially a literary version of Neronian Rome; this course wants to run with this revisionist approach, and flesh out, extend and contest these insights with a balanced look at the historical, cultural and material context of Neronian Rome. 

Core Reading

  • Emma Buckley, Martin T. Dinter (ed.), A Companion to the Neronian Age. Blackwell companions to the ancient world. Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Students do not need to purchase this book.

Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.
  • Seneca, Four Tragedies and Octavia, transl. E. F. Watling, 1974, Penguin Classic For translations of Thyestes, Phaedra and Octavia
  • Seneca, Moral Essays I (ed. Basore, Loeb edition with facing Latin Text 1928, repr.) For translations of de ira (On Anger) and de clementia (On Clemency)
  • Petronius; Seneca, The Satyricon: the Apocolocyntosis, transl. J. P. Sullivan, 1986 Penguin Classic For translations of Apocolocyntosis and Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
  • Lucan, Civil War, translated with introduction and notes by Susan H. Braund, 2008, Oxford World's Classics For translations of Lucan bk.1, 4 and 7 (plus select scenes from other books)

Background reading

Suetonius Nero; Tacitus Annals 15 photocopies of additional passages will be supplied in class
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