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Within the dialogue of the most thesis of the Dialogue-'What is Courage?' the antagonism of the 2 characters remains to be extra basically introduced out; and during this, as within the initial query, in reality parted among them. steadily, and never easily, Laches is made to move on from the extra well known to the extra philosophical; it hasn't ever happened to him that there has been the other braveness than that of the soldier; and simply by means of an attempt of the brain can he body a normal thought in any respect. No quicker has this basic suggestion been shaped than it evanesces prior to the dialectic of Socrates; and Nicias appears to be like from the opposite facet with the Socratic doctrine, that braveness is wisdom. this is often defined to intend wisdom of items negative sooner or later. yet Socrates denies that the information of the long run is separable from that of the prior and current; in different phrases, precise wisdom isn't that of the soothsayer yet of the thinker. And all wisdom will therefore be resembling all virtue-a place which in different places Socrates isn't really unwilling to confess, yet with the intention to no longer help us in distinguishing the character of braveness.

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INTRODUCTION unparalleled in the rest of the corpus is higher than the number of hapax legomena in Octavia within Senecan tragedy, yet this does not raise concerns about the authorship of any of them. The list of Octavia words not present in Senecan tragedy would still be compatible with Senecan authorship.  When he endeavours to reach out beyond that scope, he looks for inspiration from the Augustan poets, mainly Vergil and Ovid.  Verbal imitations from Senecan tragedy are mostly notable in lineendings (see infra).

In Suet. Dom.  Domitian is said to have had Helvidius Priscus junior executed (probably in ) on the pretext that allusions to Domitian’s divorce from his wife were contained in his interlude Paris and Oenone: cf. Griffin, CAH  xi (),  and n. .  INTRODUCTION and to specific events does not seem to feature prominently in the play, although generally an antityrannical, constitutional atmosphere can be recognized. Perhaps more interestingly, a distinct parallel can be traced between the way in which Tacitus portrays senatorial behaviour during the years of Domitian’s rule and the words with which the chorus Romanorum of the praetexta describe their subservience to Nero and what amounted to a betrayal of the Claudian house.

For more parallels of this use of relative pronouns cf. Ros´en, Latine loqui,  (on the so-called continuative-expanding relative clauses in Plautus); on accumulation of relative connectives in late or vulgar authors cf. ; G. Schepss, ALL  (), . AJPh  () –. Fitch is right, to my mind, to consider sense-pauses as a determining factor.  INTRODUCTION Octavia exhibits contrasting features in this respect. The frequency of Golden/Silver patterns is low (the nearest figures in Seneca come from Phoe.

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