Neronian Literature and Society (CLA3018)

30 credits

This module aims to give an insight into the political, social, ideological and cultural life of Rome during the Neronian period. The life of Nero, as it is represented in our sources, serves as a particularly instructive paradigm of the tensions provoked in Roman society and culture between the surviving ideology of the Republic and the political reality of the Principate. To what extent these tensions are reflected, subverted and debated in a literary context is intended to be the dominant point of discussion.