Fall 2008

The Age of Nero

Listed in: Classics, as CLAS-27


Christopher V. Trinacty (Section 01)


This course highlights the political, literary, philosophical, and artistic trends during the role of the Roman emperor Nero (ruled 54-68 AD). Our intense study of this period will look back to the previous Julio-Claudian emperors and also glance forward to the civil conflicts of 69 AD and the future of the Roman Empire. We will examine Nero’s rule from multiple perspectives in order to fully appreciate Roman culture during this important time period. Readings will include Seneca, Tacitus and Lucan. Three class hours per week. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Trinacty.