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CLCV 220 B - Origins of Western Literature - Nightmares of Nero

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Origins and development of selected major genres in Western literature, emphasizing the relationship between classical representatives and their modern successors. Course Information: Same as CWL 220. May be repeated as topic varies.

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Topic: Nightmares of Nero Literature and the Arts, and Western Compartv Cult course. Few Roman emperors have been so constantly reviled in history and popular culture as Nero. Ancient sources depict him as a deviant, a larger-than-life monster, a tyrant, a megalomaniac, an arsonist, a murderer. Early Christians demonized him as their greatest persecutor, and apocalyptic prophecies identified him with the Antichrist. Setting its sights on the various myths and exaggerations that have come down to us about Nero, this course explores the question of what we can know of the infamous emperor and the age that bears his name. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nightmarish refractions of Neronian Rome found in the works of Seneca, Lucan, and Petronius. Mix of asynchronous and synchronous meetings.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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