Four Tragedies and Octavia (Penguin Classics)

Four Tragedies and Octavia (Penguin Classics)


according to the legends utilized in Greek drama, Seneca's performs are amazing for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous occasions are foretold after which pursued to their tragic and sometimes bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the threat of an ancestral curse placing over feuding brothers, whereas Phaedra portrays a lady laid low with deadly ardour for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache anticipate their fates by the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal condo of Thebes. Octavia is a grim observation on Nero's tyrannical rule and the execution of his spouse, with Seneca himself showing as an useless counsellor trying to minimize the atrocities of the emperor.

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