LATIN 472 - Topics in Latin Literature and Culture
Section: 001 Suetonius, Diuus Claudius and Seneca, Apocolocyntosis
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Latin (LATIN)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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October 13, 54 CE: the world’s most powerful man, widely despised as a cruel and idiotic despot, dies after eating a poisoned plate of his favorite tidbits. As had become customary for deceased Roman emperors, he was officially declared a god. Before long, though, a satirical work written by the chief advisor of his adopted son and successor began to circulate, suggesting that his apotheosis (‘transformation into a god’) was more like an apocolocyntosis (‘transformation into a pumpkin’). On this course, we will look further into the enigma of this orange god, the emperor Claudius. As we read the accounts of his life and death by Suetonius and Seneca, we will consider questions such as: how did a man who was thought to be mentally deficient become ruler of the world? Why was he so reviled? Did he deserve his reputation as a bloodthirsty tyrant?

Course Requirements:

Final exam (25%); 8-page final paper (25%); midterm exam (20%); presentation (10%); translation (10%); participation (10%).

Intended Audience:

Advanced Latin students

Class Format:

Two meetings per week (recitation, translation, discussion)

LATIN 472 - Topics in Latin Literature and Culture
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001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780521596763
Divus Claudius, Author: Suetonius ; edited by Donna W. Hurley., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2001
ISBN: 9780521288361
Apocolocyntosis, Author: Seneca. Ed. by P.T. Eden., Publisher: Univ. Press Reprinted. 1993
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