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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  251 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The Gourdification of Claudius the God has instant and lasting appeal. It is a uniquely surviving specimen of prose-and-verse satire from the Roman world - and satire, a Roman speciality, is one of the few types of ancient literature to survive, and thrive, in modern society. Its author, Seneca, was not only gifted with intellectual virtuosity, but, at the time of writing, ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 20th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 54)
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Evan Leach
In 41 AD, Seneca was banished to Corsica by Emperor Claudius. He spent eight years in exile before being recalled to Rome. He never forgave Claudius, and after the emperor's death in 54 Seneca wrote a satire titled Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii (The Pumpkinification of the Divine Claudius). In the Apocolocyntosis, the recently deceased Claudius appears in heaven and requests that he be deified. He is found wanting and sent down to hell instead. There, he is sentenced and eventually forced to spen ...more
La Zucchificazione avrà inizio!

Tranquilli, non è un film horror, anche se Claudio non sarebbe dello stesso parere.
Insomma, Seneca decide di fare il satirico e di prendersela con l'appena defunto Tiberio Claudio Cesare Augusto Germanico, il caprio espiatorio preferito da tutta Roma.
Perchè era zoppo, balbuziente, amava troppo il gioco, le donne e il vino.
Il bello è che è proprio per i suoi difetti fisici che, in un clima terrificante per la famiglia giulio-claudia, riesca a sopravvivere e ad avere
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
One must be born either a Pharaoh or a fool.

Rom am 13. Oktober 54 n. Chr. Kaiser Claudius liebt im Sterben. Mercur und die Parzen begeben sich an das Sterbelager und setzen dem Leiden des Kaisers ein Ende. Wie es einem römischen Kaiser gebührt, kommt er in den Olymp, wo Jupiter keine Ahnung hat, wer er ist und daher Herkules schickt, ihn auszufragen. Man ist sich nicht sicher, ob man aus Claudius wirklich einen Gott machen soll oder will und beruft eine Verhandlung ein.

Die Apocolocyntosis (dt. D
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This short text in which Seneca settles old scores with Emperor Claudius who had banished him from Rome years ago is certainly a technically masterful political satire, showcasing Seneca's own erudition and his knowledge of classical literature. However, in essence it remains a politically motivated character assassination, a personal attack on a recently deceased politician and public figure. As such it is mostly of interest for the contemporaneous audience, not really of enduring literary valu ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time"
Shelves: fiction, classic
After listening to the Roman Satires podcast of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time, I decided I had to investigate — at least — Juvenal and Seneca's Apocolocyntosis ("The pumpkinification of Claudius").


Meh. Had to spend too much time reading the commentary to figure out what was going on. I'm guessing you had to be there.
Silvio Curtis
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read for class. Hilarious if cruel mockery of the recently-dead emperor Claudius. He goes to Olympus to become a god. At first they're not sure whether he's a human or a monster, then the divine senate formally debates whether to admit him. The deified Augustus Caesar has the last word.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Eduard by: My Latin Teacher
Seneca is definitely not as funny as he may have thought he was.

Other than that, an interesting and quick read. Half of my edition is compiled only out of (mainly important) footnotes, with a whooping number of 73!
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not truly worth it to give this a review, but it is a hilarious mockery/elegy given by Rome's most famous orator for Rome's worst emperor. Witty, fantastical and biting.
Andrei Istrate
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
It was an interesting read but way too full of references, so the footnotes are vital for the understanding of the text.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hardly Aristophanic
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
I could bad-mouth this work for ages but let it suffice to say that Seneca is far from a fine satirist in any regard. ("Pumpkinification", really?)
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very clever, but too packed with jokes and references..
Feb 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Clever; exactly what it's supposed to be.
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read this along with Satyricon. Very funny, especially if you have read the I, Claudius books and Quo Vadis (points the ridiculous attempts at garnering praise from Nero).
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pour-mon-plaisir
Incredibly funny, has aged wonderfully.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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read it with the commentaries of a.p. ball
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aldo Minari
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Un unicum nella produzione senecana: in questa satira politica, l'autore prende di mira l'imperatore Claudio, deriso e bistrattato dagli dei.
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca) (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may ...more
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