Tiberius and Hellenistic Poetry

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    This paper investigates how Suetonius uses his representation of the literary taste of the emperor Tiberius to characterize him. Tiberius allegedly loved and imitated Hellenistic poets (Euphorion, Rhianus and Parthenius). How does this characterize him? Another question is whether this taste is modern or old-fashioned in comparison with the tastes of his contemporaries, in particular his predecessor Augustus. Finally I ask whether the fact that a similar literary taste (partly for the same authors) is attributed in the biographical tradition to Hadrian can be connected to Suetonius’ account of Tiberius’ literary interests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-13
    Number of pages13
    JournalAitia : regards sur la culture hellénistique au XXIe siècle
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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