Color photograph of a light skinned man wearing glasses and a multicolored shirt sitting in front of a full bookshelf and smiling at the camera; in his lap he holds a furry cat, which takes up most of the foreground in the picture

Andrew R. Lund

Arthur Ross Rome Prize
5 settembre 2022–14 luglio 2023
PhD Candidate, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati
Titolo del progetto
Seneca Comicus: Comic Enrichment and the Reception of the seruus callidus in Senecan Tragedy
Descrizione del progetto

My project investigates Seneca’s complex reception of Roman comedy by focusing on the figure of the so-called seruus callidus (“clever slave”), one of Roman comedy’s most popular and enduring stock characters. The central premise of my dissertation is that Seneca’s tragedies reveal a widespread and increasing interest in adopting and adapting the language, characterization, and plot(-making skill)s associated with the seruus callidus from his earlier plays (the Phaedra) to his late masterpiece (the Thyestes). By employing genre theory and reader-response theory, I investigate how Seneca’s tragic plots, characters, and language self-consciously appropriate central aspects of Roman comedy—thus opening new horizons and imbuing new dramatic energy through the incorporation of comic elements.