Post-Augustan Poetry

From Seneca to Juvenal

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Author: H.E. Butler
Language: English
Wordcount: 112,644 / 355 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 319
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Genre: Poetry
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ite a tragedy on the subject of Atreus in which he advised submission to Atreus in a version of the Euripidean

[Greek: tas ton turann_on amathias pherein chreon][6]

He too fell a victim to the Emperor's displeasure, though the chief charges actually brought against him were of adultery with the Princess Livilla and practice of the black art. We hear also of another case in which _obiectum est poetae quod in tragoedia Agamemnonem probris lacessisset_ (Suet. Tib. 61). It is worthy of notice that actors also came under Tiberius's displeasure.[7] The mime and the Atellan farce afforded too free an opportunity for improvisation against the emperor. Even the harmless Phaedrus seems to have incurred the anger of Sejanus, and to have suffered thereby.[8] Nor do the few instances in which Tiberius appears as a patron of literature fill us with great respect for his taste. He is said to have given one Asellius Sabinus 100,000 sesterces for a dialogue between a mushroom, a finch, an oyste

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