By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The ancient tragedy Octavia specializes in Nero's divorce from the princess Octavia, Claudius' daughter by way of Valeria Messalina, and at the emperor's next marriage to Poppaea Sabina. This booklet features a full-length creation, a brand new variation of the textual content in line with a clean exam of the manuscripts, and a close remark facing textual, linguistic, and literary issues. Spanning 3 days in June advert sixty two, the tragic motion of the play ends with Octavia's deportation to the island of Pandateria, the place she will be accomplished presently afterwards.
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Signum celsi glaciale poli | septem stellis Arcados ursae) and attention to detail, exploiting all possibilities of the traditional INTRODUCTION rhetoric of sunrise. His dawn is a mosaic of vignettes sketched in the ‘idyllic’ style (Bootes gathering his stars; Procne sitting among her young ones). The comparison is instructive in bringing to light the different poetical agendas of the two writers. Admittedly, the relaxed, descriptive pace of the ﬁrst choral ode in Hf. ﬁts in rather awkwardly with the drama of Megara and Amphitryon as sketched at the beginning of the play, whereas the less elaborate, almost offhand description of the new day in Octavia’s initial lament might be taken to reveal a keener interest in characterization and dramatic relevance.
Page, FGE, , . Cf. g. AP. , given in full infra; in Latin cf. Ov. Am. –. THE DATE OF THE PLAY who sets himself on a plane with Jupiter and compares their respective lots, if only to say, jokingly, that his predicament is much the simpler, ‘let others turn into bulls or swans melodious on the shore. , Bassus, transl. As Hellenistic (Greek and Roman) love poetry appropriates mythology, the protagonists of myth become infused with the attitudes and feelings of the love poet himself.
For alumnus indicating the child of a given country that has brought glory to it cf. Verg. Aen. – nec Romula quondam | ullo se tantum tellus iactabit alumno (more parallels in TLL i. v. v. –). INTRODUCTION Pergamum, the birth-place of Domitian’s favourite Flavius Earinus, is contrasted with Ida, no matter how much the latter takes pride in Ganymede: illa (sc. Mount Ida) licet sacrae placeat sibi nube rapinae . . at tu (sc. Pergamum) grata deis pulchroque insignis alumno . . Another possible echo of Silu.