Brill's Companion to Roman Tragedy (Brill's Companions in by George W. M. Harrison

By George W. M. Harrison

Till the Renaissance the centrality of Roman tragedy in Western society and tradition used to be unchallenged. reports on Roman Republican tragedy and on Imperial Roman tragedy via the individuals were directing the gaze of scholarship again to Roman tragedy. This quantity has pursuits: first, to illustrate that Republican tragedy had a much more important function in shaping Imperial tragedy than is at present proposal, and relatively in all likelihood extra vital than Classical Greek tragedy. moment, the impression of alternative Roman literary genres on Roman tragedy is larger than has previously been credited. reviews on von Kleist and Shelley, Eliot and Claus aid reconstruct the traditional Roman degree via exhibiting how moderns had inspiration to alter it for modern aesthetics.

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After a few comments on the metre, he ends by adding that the plot of Ennius’ Athamas could also have been the same as the one he suggested for Livius Andronicus’ Ino (another section of the Athamas myth). This reveals that the assumption of a specific context for the transmitted fragment is uncertain. In fact, the text of the fragment shows that it describes Bacchic celebrations, and a messenger speech is likely since the celebrants are referred to in the third person. The context assumed by Ribbeck is plausible in a piece on Athamas, but, as he himself reveals, not certain.

Among Ennius’ tragedies, comparison with Greek models is most promising for his Medea, since a sufficient number of lines have been preserved from this play, and some of them show a clear relationship to Euripides’ Medea (though with distinctive variations). However, even here there is a problem: Ennian fragments belonging to the Medea story are transmitted under the titles Medea 14 Enn. Trag. ; 25 TrRF. 15 Hence scholars either assume that there are two pieces on Medea, one based on Euripides’ Medea and the other set at a later stage in the heroine’s career, or that Ennius’ Medea covers a longer period than Euripides’ Medea and includes a sequel in Athens.

Curley (2013: 26–27). H. Warmington (1982) Remains of Old Latin, Volume 2. 30 Erasmo Ita dum interruptum credas nimbum volvier, 385 dum quod sublime ventis expulsum rapi saxum aut procellis, vel globosos turbines existere ictus undis concursantibus; nisi quas terrestres pontus strages conciet, aut forte Triton fuscina evertens specus 390 subter radices penitus undante in freto molem ex profundo saxeam ad caelum eruit.  ] Silvani melo 395 consimilem ad aures cantum et auditum refert. So huge a mass glides roaring thus from out The deep with mighty blare and blast!

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