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Nero and Neronian Literature HTC337


Nero: misunderstood emperor, malevolent tyrant, or a monster of the middle order? This unit explores the enigmatic and transgressive literature produced during the reign of Nero (AD 54-68): the writings of the philosopher and tragic poet Seneca, the anarchic Satyricon of Petronius, and the brooding Civil War of Lucan. It also examines the representations of Nero himself in the biography of Suetonius and the history of Tacitus.


Unit name Nero and Neronian Literature
Unit code HTC337
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Doctor Jonathan Wallis
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Produce valid interpretations of the content of a range of historical, literary, and cultural material for the study of the Neronian principate.
  • Analyse and critique literary themes and cultural issues relevant to the Neronian period.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the cultural contexts for sources of evidence for the Neronian period.
  • Express analysis of materials under examination in this unit effectively in writing.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091523 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $1,906.00

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


Teaching Pattern

Fully online: Weekly recorded introductory lectures (approx. 30 minutes), and additional resources in mixed formats (eg. videos detailing major points of each topic to support other readings, audio recordings, guided selection of ancient and modern texts)

AssessmentTwo primary text analyses (20%)|Weekly Reading Activities (20%)|Final Project (25%)|Essay or unessay (35%)
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