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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
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr. Jonathan Wallis

Teaching staff

Dr. Jonathan Wallis, Dr. Graeme Miles

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern
  • Recorded, introductory lecture (approx. 30 minutes).
  • Weekly online reflection on reading.
  • 1 x 2 hour mixed format seminar consisting of: 2 x half hour lectures, with a half hour group discussion following each.
  • Weekly reading reflections, 50-100 words (10%)
  • 3 primary text analyses, 300 words each (15%)
  • Major essay, 2,250 words (35%)
  • Take-home exam (40%)
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