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  • 1 Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Department of Classical and Medieval Studies H-2087 Piliscsaba, Egyetem u. 1.
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Seneca, in the 114th piece of his Moral letters (written most probably in the fall of 64 A.D.), evokes a part of Virgil's Georgics, which he already quoted and construed more than 10 years earlier in De clementia, addressed to Nero. At the same time, he lashes out on Maecenas. Since Seneca mentions such characteristics of Maecenas that, according to historical sources, resemble some of Nero's actions, and since he evokes a fragment already analyzed for Nero, it seems very likely that the letter should be viewed as the philosopher-statesman's critique of Nero.