Show Me The Way To Go Home: A Reconsideration of Seneca’s De Consolatione ad Polybium

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Seneca’s De Consolatione ad Polybium is firmly grounded in an underappreciated Stoic theoretical framework. Writing from exile on Corsica, Seneca deliberately uses Stoic language as one of many complex interweaving strategies to offer consolation to the imperial freedman Polybius on the death of his brother, specifically through the text’s portrait of the emperor Claudius. Instead of demonstrating or undermining Seneca’s sincerity, the ad Polybium offers us an insight into the strategies an elite writer might use to engage with the emperor and the power politics behind their relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-480
Number of pages30
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2014

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