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 risk of an ancestral curse putting over feuding brothers, whereas Phaedra portrays a lady plagued by deadly ardour for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache look forward to their fates by the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal condominium 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 lessen the atrocities of the emperor.
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1. ‘Whom neither the fasces nor the roof of his personal condominium secure. ’ Livius Drusus the more youthful, tribune in ninety one B. C. , assassinated by way of competitors of his venture to increase Roman franchise to all Italians. Velleius Paterculus (II. 14) confirms that he was once stabbed within the corridor of bis condominium on returning domestic, amid a throng, from the discussion board. 1. Now lower than arrest. 1. Agrippina (mother of Nero’s mother), grand-daughter of Augustus, spouse of Tiberius’s nephew Germanicus (called Caesar on his adoption by way of Tiberius). She loved the status of her husband’s really good profession, yet after his loss of life turned opposed to Tiberius and suffered banishment and demise via hunger-strike. 1. often referred to as Livilla – sister of Claudius, spouse of her cousin Drusus (Tiberius’s son); used to be precipitated by means of Sejanus, in his intrigues for the succession, to poison her husband; punished in A. D. 23. 2. Married first to Nero Caesar, Germanicus’s eldest son and so first inheritor to Tiberius, she most likely aided Sejanus to acquire his banishment (Tacitus, Annals, IV. 60). by means of her moment marriage she used to be the mummy of Rubellius Plautus. the style of her dying isn't identified, yet Tacitus (XIII. 32) says it was once ‘by the intrigues of Messa-lina’, so it should have been sooner than A. D. forty eight, the date of Messalina’s dying. 1. The feel of this petition is imprecise, and the textual content in all probability corrupt. An interpolation proposed through Leo amends it to: ‘Father, I pray you to spoil the tyrant who merits the sort of loss of life and penalty. ’ 1. An mistakes, for ‘Pyrrhus’. 1. or peise, weight. 1. Cf. 17, 18, 24, above; with the adaptation that right here it's the emperor’s adviser who's urging ruthlessness.