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The Gourdification of Claudius the God has instant and lasting appeal It is a uniuely surviving specimen of prose and verse satire from the Roman world and satire a Roman speciality is one of the few types of ancient literature to survive and thrive in modern society Its author Seneca was not only gifted with intellectual virtuosity but at the time of writing was the precarious power behind the throne of the dangerously developing Nero Claudius the target of his malicious wit remains the most controversial of the first twelve imperial Caesars The English version facing the text makes the work available to the general reader who may not have any Latin The text which is based on a critical examination of all the manuscripts will be indispensable to scholars The commentary which is the first on this scale to have been written in English is primarily addressed to university and other students


10 thoughts on “Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii

  1. says:

    In 41 AD Seneca was banished to Corsica by Emperor Claudius He spent eight years in exile before being recalled to Rome He never forgave Claudius and after the emperor's death in 54 Seneca wrote a satire titled Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii The Pumpkinification of the Divine Claudius In the Apocolocyntosis the recently deceased Claudius appears in heaven and reuests that he be deified He is found wanting and sent down to hell instead There he is sentenced and eventually forced to spend eternity as a minor bureaucrat I have a lot of respect for Seneca as a tragedian and his philosophical writings are also worth reading This is not his best work Satire is a bit out of Seneca's comfort zone and the Apocolocyntosis is only intermittently funny Claudius suffered from some physical ailments including a notable limp and Seneca spends a lot of time lampooning the former emperor for his disabilities Mostly the Apocolocyntosis just comes across as bitter In hindsight Seneca didn't realize how well he had it under Claudius When Seneca displeased the next emperor Nero the price was not exile but death This is a very uick read and people interested in the history and literature of the Julio Claudian dynasty may find it interesting But I agree with the poet Dana Gioia's assessment this grotesue burlesue has not added luster to Seneca's reputation 2 stars


  2. says:

    This short text in which Seneca settles old scores with Emperor Claudius who had banished him from Rome years ago is certainly a technically masterful political satire showcasing Seneca's own erudition and his knowledge of classical literature However in essence it remains a politically motivated character assassination a personal attack on a recently deceased politician and public figure As such it is mostly of interest for the contemporaneous audience not really of enduring literary value What makes it obejctionable to me personally is Seneca's insistence on using Claudius' disabilities and health problems as well as his reputed mental deficiency to legitimate his vicious attack on a dead man under the mantle of criminal indictments in order to get revenge for personal offenses against himself Considering the history of many other family members for whose sake Seneca purports to take Claudius to task and the future misdeeds of his own protégé Nero the entire exercise seems uite hypocritical


  3. says:

    After listening to the Roman Satires podcast of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time I decided I had to investigate — at least — Juvenal and Seneca's Apocolocyntosis The pumpkinification of ClaudiusMeh Had to spend too much time reading the commentary to figure out what was going on I'm guessing you had to be there­


  4. says:

    Seneca is definitely not as funny as he may have thought he wasOther than that an interesting and uick read Half of my edition is compiled only out of mainly important footnotes with a whooping number of 73


  5. says:

    Read for class Hilarious if cruel mockery of the recently dead emperor Claudius He goes to Olympus to become a god At first they're not sure whether he's a human or a monster then the divine senate formally debates whether to admit him The deified Augustus Caesar has the last word


  6. says:

    Clever; exactly what it's supposed to be


  7. says:

    Read this along with Satyricon Very funny especially if you have read the I Claudius books and uo Vadis points the ridiculous attempts at garnering praise from Nero


  8. says:

    Very clever but too packed with jokes and references


  9. says:

    It was an interesting read but way too full of references so the footnotes are vital for the understanding of the text


  10. says:

    I could bad mouth this work for ages but let it suffice to say that Seneca is far from a fine satirist in any regard Pumpkinification really?