Power in the Year of the Four Emperors
Funding of Greek sanctuaries and festivals
Cathy Keane's research focuses on the Roman satiric poets Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal. She is the author of numerous articles and essays and of three books. Figuring Genre in Roman Satire (Oxford, 2006) unpacks the conventional, intersecting, and often uncomplimentary comparisons of satire with drama, violence, legal process, and teaching. A Roman Verse Satire Reader (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2010) offers selections from the satirists in Latin with essays, commentary, and a glossary. Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (Oxford, 2015) traces Juvenal’s use of and reflection on the emotions throughout his long and varied satiric career. It shows that the satirist was familiar with a great range of ancient literary, rhetorical, and philosophical texts on the emotions, and aimed to re-invent the satiric genre as fundamentally concerned with this topic. Professor Keane, while still fascinated with Juvenal and his imperial literary culture, is now exploring the fragments of the first Roman verse satirist, Lucilius, attempting to illuminate the context and agenda of the genre’s “invention” in second-century BCE Rome.
Reception of Cicero in the Early Empire
Tom Keeline is working on a book provisionally entitled A Rhetorical Figure: Cicero in the Early Empire, which explores the reception of Cicero in the first couple of centuries following his death. It focuses particularly on the influence of scholarship and the schoolroom in mediating and indeed helping to create that reception. It was in the rhetorical school that young Romans first encountered Cicero, reading his speeches and writing Ciceronian declamations. When they grew up, that schoolroom image of Cicero continued to permeate their thought and writing. The seeds of this image were sown by Cicero himself and postmortem political propaganda, but they were tended by teachers and nourished to maturity in their classrooms. Tom’s study unpacks this complex process and lays bare the early Empire’s relationship with one of its most significant late Republican predecessors.
Musical Theatre in Ancient Greece and Rome
Greek and Roman Medicine and Philosophy