This lecture consists of an overview of ancient capital punishments in Rome, from the end of the monarchy to the early centuries of the empire. The historical analysis will focus on the religious, legal, and societal dynamics of various methods of execution.
Tommaso Gazzarri is an assistant professor of classics at Union College since 2014. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. In 2010 he published an introduction, translation, and commentary of Seneca’s De Brevitate Vitae, and in 2014 a new edition of Plautus’ late comedies. He is currently completing a book-length project on the theory and practice of metaphors in Seneca’s prose. His course offerings include Roman law, a history of ancient sexuality and gender, and engineering in the ancient world. His research interests focus on Roman Stoicism, ancient science, and silver Latin literature. He is a 2017-18 recipient of a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship from Harvard University.