The Inter- and Intratextuality of Seneca the Elder’s Controversia 6.8: The Vestal Virgin Writer and her challenging persona

@article{Stoffel2017TheIA,
  title={The Inter- and Intratextuality of Seneca the Elder’s Controversia 6.8: The Vestal Virgin Writer and her challenging persona},
  author={Christian Stoffel},
  journal={Philologus},
  year={2017},
  volume={161},
  pages={162 - 177}
}
Abstract In this paper, I will highlight certain literary characteristics of Seneca the Elder’s excerpt Controversia 6.8 (commonly neglected by modern scholarship), which is about an unnamed Vestal virgin accused of the crimen incesti for having written the following allegedly biographical verse about lucky brides: felices nuptae! moriar nisi nubere dulce est. The anonymous declaimers then argue against and for the Vestal, using biographical criticism and discussing the appropriate behaviour of… Expand

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