LATIN 473 - The Age of Nero
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Senecan Tragedy
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Latin (LATIN)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one intermediate LATIN course (LATIN 401, 402, 409, 410).
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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The writings of Seneca offer up an intriguing challenge: how to reconcile his tragedies, which abound in passion and violence, with his philosophical works, which warn against the dangers of emotion? To examine this apparent contradiction, we will read two plays in Latin, the Thyestes and the Phaedra, as well as excerpts from Seneca’s essays de ira and de clementia. If time allows, we will also read one of the Renaissance revenge plays (in English) that was heavily influenced by Senecan drama. Besides close attention to the language and theatricality of the plays, we will consider Seneca’s use of earlier literary material and the role of Stoicism.

Course Requirements:

Midterm, Final, 2 papers

Intended Audience:

Requires prior knowledge of subject

Class Format:

2 meetings per week


LATIN 473 - The Age of Nero
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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