By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The historic tragedy Octavia makes a speciality of 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 ebook contains a full-length advent, a brand new version of the textual content according to a clean exam of the manuscripts, and a close statement 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 carried out presently afterwards.
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Other arguments adduced by Richter are inconclusive, such as the absence of adjectives in-ﬁcus, of retro, the relative infrequency of at; the occurrence of confestim () and ut ne (), neither ever found in Seneca. Hf. ; cf. ad . For which, however, there were precedents in Seneca as well; cf. ad . Helm (), . O C TAV I A A N D T H E S E N E C A N C O R P U S nec is postponed after one word at , , , , ; after three at , after four at . nam is always postponed (, , ).
Rom. ). 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.
In this, Seneca follows a trend already well established in Roman poetry, esp. g. Carm. – (unda) scilicet omnibus . . enauiganda), but also in Vergil and Ovid (cf. Kenney, Style, , , on Ov. Met. indeuitato . . telo). Some typically poetical phrases of Oct. g. litare + double accusative; parce + inﬁnitive as a periphrastic alternative for the negative imperative; inuideo + inﬁnitive; ualeo + inﬁnitive; cesso + inﬁnitive. Oct. lacks for instance adjectives in -ﬁcus, -ger, -fer, which can frequently be found in Senecan tragedy (see Billerbeck, –).