Od uwielbienia do wzgardy: Seneka w oczach Rzymian (do połowy II wieku)
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The present discussion collects and examines judgements about Seneca’s life and works which were passed by his contemporaries and later writers (down to Aulus Gellius). However, we have only a few testimonies coming from the period before Seneca’s death. More can be found in later writings, especially in the anonymous play Octavia (where Seneca is introduced as trying to persuade Nero that justice is the basis of good government), in Book X of the Institutio Oratoria (where Quintilian explains and confirms his former opinion about Seneca’s works), and in Tacitus’ Annals (where the historian’s attitude towards both Seneca’s earlier career and his death seems not to be as hostile as it is sometimes represented). At the end of the paper, after a brief mention of Martial and Juvenal, there is a discussion of opinions about Seneca’s style held by two representatives of the archaising movement, Fronto and Gellius.
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