This inter-institutional collaborative course, making extensive use of resources available via the internet, explores the literature of the
early Roman Empire, with a particular emphasis on the works of authors who were active during the period of Nero’s reign. These
authors include Seneca, Lucan, and Petronius. Students will participate in a weekly webcast lecture, an on-line discussion moderated by
faculty members from institutions that participate in Sunoikisis (www.sunoikisis.org), and weekly tutorials with faculty members at
Rhodes. This course is specifically designed for advanced students and will include a rigorous study of the cultural and historical context
during the early Principate.