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Title: "Morire come un artifex". Ancora sulle ultime parole di Nerone presso Svetonio ("Nero" 49)
Authors: Sommariva, Grazia
Keywords: Nerone; biografia; Svetonio; Garboli; qualis artifex pereo; artigiani; cerimonie funebri in Roma antica; collegia artificum; apotheosis;Nero; biography; Suetonius; Garboli; qualis artifex pereo; craftsmen; burial ceremonies in ancient Rome; collegia artificum; apotheosis
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Agorà Edizioni
Source: Grazia Sommariva, "Morire come un artifex". Ancora sulle ultime parole di Nerone presso Svetonio (Nero 49), in G. Sommariva (a cura di), Amicitiae munus. Miscellanea di studi in memoria di Paola Sgrilli, La Spezia 2006, pp. 221-239
A discussion of Nero’s last words "Qualis artifex pereo" in Suetonius’ dramatic report. The traditional exegesis of the line and of the word artifex are questioned. The noun "artifex" does not mean “great artist” but it is used by Nero in its usual and generic sense of “craftsman”, “artisan”. The damnatio deprives Nero of the apotheosis due to emperors, so he is complaining about the burial ceremonies prepared for him, as humble as those granted to poor craftsmen by their collegia.
ISBN: 88-87218-56-0
Rights: If not otherwise stated, this document is distributed by the Tuscia University Open Archive under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution - Noncommercial - Noderivs License (
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