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Staging Memory, Staging Strife: Empire and Civil War in the Octavia

Lauren Donovan Ginsberg


This book situates the Octavia within the literary and political context of Nero’s reign and the years after his death. As a product of these turbulent years, the Octavia powerfully challenges the image of the Julio-Claudians as bringers of peace. Instead, it re-envisions their history as a series of bloody civil wars that the imperial family waged on itself and on its people. In order to rewrite the dynasty’s history, the Octavia engages with the literature of Julio-Claudian Rome, using the words of celebrated authors to stage a new reading of the past that fills the drama with conflicting me ... More

Keywords: Nero, Julio-Claudians, civil war, intertextuality, cultural memory, Flavians, Vergil, Lucan, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190275952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Donovan Ginsberg, author
Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati