By Seneca, Lucius Annaeus; Wilson, Emily R.; Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Seneca's performs are the manufactured from a sensational, scary, and oppressive interval of background. instruct to the emperor Nero, Seneca lived via doubtful and violent instances, and his dramas depict the extremes of human behaviour. Rape, suicide, child-killing, incestuous love, insanity and mutilation afflict the characters, who're obsessed and destroyed via their emotions. ardour is continually set opposed to cause, and ardour wins out. Seneca forces us to consider the variation among compromise and hypocrisy, approximately what occurs while feelings crush judgement, and approximately how, if in any respect, someone might be strong, calm, or chuffed in a corrupt society and below consistent chance of demise. Seneca was once probably the most prolific, flexible, and influential of all classical Latin writers, and the single tragic playwright from historic Rome whose paintings survives.--From publisher. Read more...
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You lived in the woods, like an animal, untouched, chaste, innocent: were you keeping yourself for me? Did you want to use my bed to ﬁrst become a man? What wickedness! Now I am grateful to the powers above that I struck my Antiope* and killed her. I did not go down to the caves of Styx and leave your mother to you. Run far away in exile, run all through the world; you can go to the ends of the earth where the land gives way to the worlds of endless sea, and to the land which is upside-down under our feet; you can cross the terrible realms of the towering Pole, to the world hidden deep and distant in the north, you can stand above the storms and snowy drifts and as you leave the icy North Wind’s threats raging behind you, you will pay for your crimes.
Look, child, it is your own Hippolytus who holds you. phaedra Who brings me back to suﬀering, and lays again the weights 590 of longing on my heart? How gladly I would die. hippolytus Why do you not welcome the gift of light restored? phaedra Be brave, my soul, attempt it: do what you have to do. Speak boldly and ﬁrmly. Difﬁdent requests invite refusal. The greatest part of my crime is done already. It is too late for shame. I have fallen in a terrible sort of love. If I press forward, perhaps I can hide my sin under the marriage torch.
The desire to be well is part of what makes us well. 250 phaedra My noble heart has not yet lost all its restraint. Nurse, I will obey. The love that will not be governed must be conquered. Honour, I will not let you be tainted. This is the only solution, the only escape from the evil: I will follow my husband, preventing infamy by death. nurse No, Mistress! Moderate the urges of your untamed heart, control your impulses. Even this, I think, shows you worthy of life, that you deem yourself deserving only death.
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