For, while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian
Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.
This is Tacitus's last book on the Neronian
period, he says, and provides insight into major themes of what would prove to be the closing years of Nero's tumultuous reign, and the end of the great dynasty of Julio-Claudian rulers.
13) The Christian epics, those depicting characters converting to Christianity (usually) during and despite Neronian
persecutions, typically present the martyrs' death and the ultimate historical victory of Jesus (or Christianity) in this way.
Each view has merit, but both rather overlook the deliciously Neronian
flavour of the whole enterprise.
84) Although he was freed from Herod after being imprisoned by him, Peter was unfortunately not saved from the Neronian
persecution, during which time he was crucified.
Wilson is particularly good about describing the waning years of Neronian
But this carnivalized difference of the Neronian
self that emerges in public histrionic stance translates, in fact, the collective psychodrama of the Roman world which liberates through the sequence of the Neronian
histrionism the own difference carnivalized by the self through histrionic Neronian
own self by the collision of two mentalitary infrastructures, one centered on civitas (the organization of the Roman world around the city) and one more off-center, eccentric: "But for these interior and moral frontiers to persist, there was need of another border, that external, material and institutional one: the city of Rome.
305-24) maintains that Silius restores the Greek tradition of a positive view of kingship in his portrayal of Alexander, who during the Neronian
period had been treated as an autocrat.
48) Whether or not James Stuart had anticipated such fatalities, his cruel conceit supplied a chilling context, therefore, for Gaveston's acclamation of Edward as a king of fools, who revels in the Neronian
spectacle of an actor being hunted as a beast: "And running in the likeness of an hart, / By yelping hounds pull'd down, and seem to die.
11) Thus, according to Walsh, it seems unlikely that Petronius would have written a work that was critical of the Neronian
regime, since the author had a hand in planning its worst excesses.
16) Thus do the grunting monosyllables of "Gus Krutzsch" take on the allusive power of Neronian
literature and cryptic bawdry.
So, for example, in a brief survey of the Neronian
years, the reader learns of the rumor that the emperor played his "harp" while Rome burned, with a citation of Tacitus sans commentaire; Dio would have been a better source for the popular rumor, and, in any case, it would have been wise to avoid the common peril of this gente of book and eschew a long list of cited ancient passages with little in the way of source criticism.