The Empire of the Self

The Empire of the Self

Self-command and Political Speech in Seneca and Petronius

eBook - 2012
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"In The Empire of the Self, Christopher Star studies the question of how political reality affects the concepts of body, soul, and self. Star argues that during the early Roman Empire the establishment of autocracy and the development of a universal ideal of individual autonomy were mutually enhancing phenomena. The Stoic ideal of individual empire or complete self-command is a major theme of Seneca's philosophical works. The problematic consequences of this ideal are explored in Seneca's dramatic and satirical works, as well as in the novel of his contemporary, Petronius. Star examines the rhetorical links between these diverse texts and demonstrates how the idea that imperial speech structures and reveals the self represents a significant point of contact between two writers generally thought to be antagonists."--Project Muse.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781421407265
1421407264
9781421406749
1421406748
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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