Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Matthew Perry

Second Advisor

Jill Rosenthal

Academic Program Adviser

Karen Kern


This thesis considers censorship and book-burning in imperial Rome and Egypt from Augustus to Diocletian (31 BCE-305 CE). In considering this phenomenon comparatively, this paper analyzes literary treason, the impact of the rise of an imperial government on censorship, the role of emperors in this suppression, and changing notions of subversive behavior.



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