Octavia: A Play Attributed to Seneca by Rolando FerriOctavia: A Play Attributed to Seneca by Rolando Ferri

Octavia: A Play Attributed to Seneca

EditorRolando Ferri

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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The historical tragedy Octavia focuses on Nero's divorce from the princess Octavia, Claudius' daughter by Valeria Messalina, and on the emperor's subsequent marriage to Poppaea Sabina. This book includes a full-length introduction, a new edition of the text based on a fresh examination of the manuscripts, and a detailed commentary dealing with textual, linguistic, and literary points. Spanning three days in June AD 62, the tragic action of the play ends with Octavia's deportation to the island of Pandateria, where she would be executed shortly afterwards.
Title:Octavia: A Play Attributed to SenecaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 1.06 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117720

ISBN - 13:9780521117722


Table of Contents

Introduction; Text; Commentary; Appendices.

Editorial Reviews

"Rolando Ferri's commentary on the Pseudo-Senecan Octavia strikes the reader with its overwhelming riches of philological information, its vast reading both of ancient poetry and modern scholarly work, and above all, its helpful explanations and sound hermeneutic judgement. It is difficult not to be enthusiastic about this brilliant work of learning, competence, and interpretive sensibility. To study this commentary is to learn not only about Octavia,/i>, but also about Senecan drama, Roman tragedy, Greek tragedy--their composition and technique, their style and meter." - Ernst A. Schmidt, Philologisches Seminar, Universitat Tubingen