The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Nero

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Shadi Bartsch, Kirk Freudenburg, Cedric Littlewood
Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , November
     422 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Anthony Smart forthcoming.


The age of Nero has appealed to the popular imagination more than any other period of Roman history. This volume provides a lively and accessible guide to the various representations and interpretations of the Emperor Nero as well as to the rich literary, philosophical and artistic achievements of his eventful reign. The major achievements of the period in the fields of literature, governance, architecture and art are freshly described and analysed, and special attention is paid to the reception of Nero in the Roman and Christian eras of the first centuries AD and beyond. Written by an international team of leading experts, the chapters provide students and non-specialists with clear and comprehensive accounts of the most important trends in the study of Neronian Rome. They also offer numerous original insights into the period, and open new areas of study for scholars to pursue.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Shadi Bartsch is the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor in Classics at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on the literature and philosophy of the Neronian period in Rome, and on the reception of the Western Classics in contemporary China. She is also the inaugural director of The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, an initiative to study the cultural and historical roots of different forms of knowledge, and held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007�008. Her previous books include: The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006), Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (2015), and (edited with Alessandro Schiesaro) The Cambridge Companion to Seneca (Cambridge, 2015). She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Classical Philology.

Kirk Freudenburg is Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Classics at Yale University, Connecticut. His major publications include The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire (1993), Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal (Cambridge, 2001), (edited) The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire (Cambridge, 2005), and (edited) Horace: Satires and Epistles (2009).

Cedric Littlewood is Associate Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is the author of Self-Representation and Illusion in Senecan Tragedy (2004).


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