Seneca: Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii (Spoken Latin)

Seneca: Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii (Spoken Latin)

Course Description: Seneca's Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii is one of the few surviving examples of Menippean satire, mixing prose and poetry. An advisor to Nero early in his reign, Seneca hilariously pokes fun at Nero's predecessor Claudius in imagining how he is treated by the gods after death. The Apocolocyntosis shows a different side of Seneca from his letters, essays, and tragedies. This course will be taught in Latin. 


Level: Intermediate.

Textbook: Seneca, Apocolocyntosis, Ed. Paul Roth. Bryn Mawr, 1988. (There is also a Cambridge green-and-yellow, ed. P.T. Eden, which contains a translation.) This class will focus on analyzing the grammar as much as reading and translating. If we get through the Apolocolocyntosis before the end of the term we will read one or two of Seneca's letters..

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Wednesdays, 7:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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David J. White

David J. White is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at Baylor University, where he teaches Latin and other Classics courses. He has degrees from the University of Florida, Penn, Kent State, and the University of Akron. He works on Columella and other Golden and Silver Age Latin writers. He is active in the living Latin community and from 2018-2022 was the Latin Orator for the Classical Association of the MIddle West and South. He has delivered several papers in Latin at Paideia's Living Latin in NYC and taught for Telepaideia since 2020.