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Octavia is a piece of outstanding old and dramatic curiosity. it's the merely surviving whole instance of the Roman old drama referred to as the fabula praetexta. Written almost immediately after Nero's dying by way of an unknown writer, the play offers with occasions on the courtroom of Nero within the decisive 12 months sixty two CE, for which it's the earliest extant (almost modern) literary resource; its major issues are intercourse, homicide, politics, strength and the perceptions and structures of heritage. it's a robust, lyrical and surprising play. this can be the 1st serious version of Octavia, with verse translation and remark, which goals to explain the textual content dramatically in addition to philologically, and to find it firmly in its old and theatrical context. The verse translation is designed for either functionality and severe study.

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