By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The ancient tragedy Octavia specializes in Nero's divorce from the princess Octavia, Claudius' daughter via Valeria Messalina, and at the emperor's next marriage to Poppaea Sabina. This publication features a full-length creation, a brand new variation of the textual content according to a clean exam of the manuscripts, and an in depth observation 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 achieved almost immediately afterwards.
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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.