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The Arbiter of Taste Tyranny and Literature banishment of Ovid to Tomis (8 C.E .) poem ( The Art of Love ) and a mistake (unknown) treason trial of Roman historian Cremutius Cordus under Tiberius (25 C.E .) praised Brutus and Cassius as “the last of the Romans”; defense speech; suicide Two types of epic flourished (1) epic on Greek themes, safely cast in the world of mythology, though allusions may refer to contemporary Roman themes (2) panegyrical epics on Roman emperors that praised their heroic deeds Literature under Nero Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus) 3 November 39 C.E .– 30 April 65 C.E . born in Córdoba, nephew of Seneca and Roman epic poet, successor of Vergil Pharsalia or Bellum Civile ; epic poem survives in 10 books theme is civil war (Pharsalus - battle where Julius Caesar defeated Pompey) Begins with flattering eulogy to Nero (placed in the center of the universe, joke on his size) Gods do not play an active role in Lucan’s tale, Stoic poem (all-controlling Fate) “The victorious cause pleased the gods but the defeated had Cato.” (Book 1, line 128) Anti-heroism of epic (“The Pharsalia has no hero, or too many”) ; blood and guts
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