Seneca’s Pumpkinification of Claudius is a blistering critique of the reign of Claudius
. Assuming that Seneca’s aim is not merely revenge, by satirizing the previous emperor as a failed ruler who earned
the contempt of his subjects, the philosopher presents a negative mirror or model for Nero to avoid.
Write an argumentative essay on what you think the most important feature of Seneca’s criticism of Claudius and
whether you think it could work on a political ruler.