Helvius (teacher, midnight medic, and philosopher) is reciting lines from the poet Lucan, who wrote goth epics in the court of Nero. Lucan’s uncle was the equally goth, Stephen King-esque poet/playwright/makeover-expert Seneca, best known for his grand-guignol version of Medea.

Nero was about as good for their family as Domitian has been for Felix’s.