[Classics Colloquium] The Satyrica as a Neronian Text

Classics Colloquium Beth Severy-Hoven

The Department of Classics presents its last Classics Colloquium talk of the fall on Tuesday, November 16th  with Dr. Beth Severy-Hoven, Professor of the Classical Mediterranean and Middle East at Macalester College. Dr. Severy-Hoven will be giving a talk titled “The Satyrica as a Neronian Text” at 3:30pm CST via Zoom.

The Satyrica or Satyricon is a mysterious, fragmentary text, a story told by an unreliable narrator in a mix of elegant classical and rough colloquial Latin. We no longer have the beginning or the end, and we do not really know who wrote it. Most scholars are now confident, however, that someone created it during the reign of the emperor Nero. This presentation will address two questions:

  1. What is the evidence for this – how do we know the text was composed in the mid first century CE?
  2. What are the implications of this – how can we read it as a product of life in an autocracy?

Meeting ID: 945 4589 0817
Passcode: 129210

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