Vol. 48 (2022): XLVIII - 2022

Caligola, Augusto e il gioco dei dadi
. Per il testo e l’interpretazione di Sen. Cons. ad Pol. 17.4 (e di Svet. Aug. 71.3)

Published 2022-06-10


  • Seneca,
  • Svetonius,
  • Gaius Caligula,
  • Augustus,
  • forum,
  • gambling
  • ...More


This article focuses on the text of Seneca’s ad Polybium 17.4, in particular on tesseris ac foro, which lies immediately before a text suspected of being corrupt and published by Reynolds between cruces: this expression is commonly interpreted as relating to gambling and foro should accordingly indicate a kind of tabula lusoria. A new exegesis of foro is proposed here, based also on the analysis of Svet. Aug. 71.3 and therefore a different textual arrangement is assumed for the whole Senecan passage.


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