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Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

 
 
Author
James Romm.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780307596871
Pages/Publication Date 290/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61555
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Classical scholar James Romm—author of Ghost on the Throne and Herodotus—here gives us murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, and history on a grand scale in the late life of Seneca, ancient Rome's preeminent writer and philosopher. It begins with his banishment in his fifties and his subsequent reinstatement and appointment as the tutor to 12-year-old Nero, the future emperor. Controlling them both is Nero's ruthless and ambitious mother Julia Agrippina the Younger, great-granddaughter of Augustus, sister of Caligula, and niece and fourth wife of Claudius. Romm traces Seneca's descent into this maelstrom, seeking the true nature of the man whose influence over Nero made him one of the most powerful men in first-century Rome.

"Historians from Seneca's contemporaries through the present day have puzzled over his true character. Ascetic Stoic moralist or conniving courtier? Romm doesn't claim to settle the centuries-old mystery, but sheds light using ancient sources and occasional references to modern critics, joining his readers in marveling at a regime remembered by history for its shocking excesses."—Shelf Awareness (starred review)

 
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