Pseudo-Seneca: Octavia (Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy)
The Octavia is generally acknowledged to be a work of the second half of the 1st century AD, when Neros divorce and subsequent execution of his virtuous first wife, Octavia, would have been topical. It explores not only the abuse of power but the disintegration of a society without respect. The reader is challenged to view events in the last years of the reign of Nero in light of an earlier famous Octavia, the sister of Augustus abandoned by Antony for Cleopatra, and also in light of other well known historical dramas. George Harrison places the Octavia in the context of Latin dramas of the early empire, both those of Seneca which survive and others on historical topics, some of which brought charges of treason against their authors. He discusses major trends in interpretation of the play and the history of its performance.
- Dewey Decimal: 808
- Physical Description: 160 pages
- Edition Info: Paperback; 2007-06-01
- Literature & Fiction -- Classics
- Education & Reference -- Writing, Research & Publishing Guides -- Writing
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