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The Satyricon of Petronius / The Apocolocyntosis of Seneca Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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In both stories ("The Satyricon" and "The Apocolocyntosis"), authorship is questioned by various scholars. How does the consensus prove who wrote which? How do they know the stories are by different authors?

Discuss in detail Seneca's exile and what brought him out of exile.

Discuss the role of women in "The Satyricon."

Discuss the primary gods/goddesses involved in Claudius' trial in "The Apocolocyntosis." Who were they, what did they represent and what position did they take on Claudius' request?

In "The Satyricon," what is the significance of Eumolpus' poetry about the history of Rome? What point is the author trying to make with it and the monologue that leads up to it?

Discuss the life of Petronius and his role in the emperor's court.

Name and define the five types of conflict. Which conflict prevailed in both stories? Explain the conflict in detail, using examples from both...

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