“This paper is not a research paper but rather a historical essay (5 pages typed double spaced based on a critical analysis of the primary sources. The task is not to retell events, but rather to marshal appropriate arguments and to combat possible objections. The papers, due in class on the day when your discussion section meets, are the basis for discussion so that reporters must be ready to lead class discussion. This first discussion session offers PRO and CON positions about the effectiveness and popularity among the ruling classes of the Principate under Augustus and Nero.”
ARGUMENT: What are the arguments for the policy of Seneca and Burrus to moderate the regime of Nero? How has the nature of the Roman monarchy changed by Nero’s reign? Why is opposition to Nero, such as the Calpurnian Conspiracy of 65 A.D., doomed?