Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum

August Boeckh Lecture, Juni 2016

Plakat Boeckh-Lecture Edwards 2016

Catharine Edwards
(Birkbeck, University of London)

Visualizing Death in Seneca’s Letters



Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2016, 18.30 Uhr


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Unter den Linden 6, Hörsaal 2097


Visualising graphic scenes of physical torment is a key tactic in the struggle for emotional self-control played out in Seneca's Letters. Drawing on the finely honed traditions of Roman rhetoric, Seneca turns the celebration of edifying examples and the rehearsal of possible future misfortunes into a theatre of gruesome scenes (the burnt hand of Mucius, the reopened wound of Cato, the beast-fighter gagging on a toilet-sponge). This approach might seem wholly at odds with the deployment of visualisation in modern psychotherapies. But might they actually have something important in common?


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