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By George W. M. Harrison

Until eventually the Renaissance the centrality of Roman tragedy in Western society and tradition used to be unchallenged. reviews on Roman Republican tragedy and on Imperial Roman tragedy via the participants were directing the gaze of scholarship again to Roman tragedy. This quantity has objectives: first, to illustrate that Republican tragedy had a much more significant function in shaping Imperial tragedy than is presently proposal, and fairly potentially extra vital than Classical Greek tragedy. moment, the impact of alternative Roman literary genres on Roman tragedy is bigger than has previously been credited. experiences on von Kleist and Shelley, Eliot and Claus aid reconstruct the traditional Roman degree via displaying how moderns had idea to alter it for modern aesthetics.

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With respect to Ennius’ Andromacha the situation is particularly complex, for, disregarding corruptions in the manuscripts, two versions of the title are transmitted: Andromacha (in various spellings) and Andromacha aechmalotos (or -tis). It used to be thought that these titles referred to two different plays about Andromacha (with some uncertainty about the reading of the second title) and that the epithet in the title (“captive”) was intended to distinguish between the two. Scholars now assume that all fragments transmitted under either of those titles belong to a single tragedy and that the epithet, which may go back to the time of the composition of the tragedy or have been added later by grammarians, indicates the broad topic and atmosphere of the piece.

It used to be thought that these titles referred to two different plays about Andromacha (with some uncertainty about the reading of the second title) and that the epithet in the title (“captive”) was intended to distinguish between the two. Scholars now assume that all fragments transmitted under either of those titles belong to a single tragedy and that the epithet, which may go back to the time of the composition of the tragedy or have been added later by grammarians, indicates the broad topic and atmosphere of the piece.

10 4 Manuwald Attribution of Quotations Questions connected with the context are not limited to that of determining the start and endpoint of a quotation and the reading in those places, but also include the question of attribution. This arises when the transmitting author does not give both the name of the poet and the title of the tragedy. , he gives the name of the poet and identifies the speaker, but he does not mention the title of the tragedy. Therefore, on the basis of the evidence provided by the transmitting text, some editors and assign this fragment to Ennius’ incerta (Ribbeck, Jocelyn, TrRF), while others try to offer guidance and assign it to the Eumenides, on the basis of what Apollo says and what is inferred about the plots of the various tragedies known for Ennius (Vahlen, Warmington).

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