Latin 463: Seneca
Do you like stories about emperors turning into vegetables? Do you like sunsets, kittens, relaxing walks on the beach, and pondering the implications of a complete (if forced) withdrawal from political life? Hey, who doesn't?!? Just because you are a Stoic doesn't mean you don't like to let your hair down. Au contraire! Nobody knew how to have a good time like Seneca the Younger, and this course is going to prove it. We will read both the laugh-out-loud best seller, Apocolocyntosis, as well as the fragmentary, but strangely soothing, de Otio. A close reading of these texts will be accompanied by discussions of style, syntax, intellectual and social context, and grammar.