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This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online - explore trustworthy, annotated texts of writing worth reading. Octavia is a work of exceptional historical and dramatic interest. It is the only surviving complete example of the Roman historical drama known as the fabula praetexta. Written shortly after Nero's death by an unknown author, the play deals with events at the court of Nero in the decisive year 62 CE, for which it is the earliest extant almost contemporary literary source; its main themes are sex, murder, politics, power and the perceptions and constructions of history.

It is a powerful, lyrical and spectacular play. This is the first critical edition of Octavia, with verse translation and commentary, which aims to elucidate the text dramatically as well as philologically, and to locate it firmly in its historical and theatrical context. The verse translation is designed for both performance and serious study.

Octavia: Attributed to Seneca

The Historical Context ii. The Roman Theatre iii. The Fabula Praetexta iv. The Divorce and Death of Octavia v. Octavia and Renaissance Drama vii. The Translation Text and Translation Commentary. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Skip to content Skip to search. Home This edition , Latin, English, Book edition: Published Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, Uniform Title Octavia Praetexta. Other Authors Boyle, A. Octavia, consort of Nero, Emperor of Rome, ca.

Rome -- History -- Nero, -- Drama. Summary "Octavia is a work of exceptional historical and dramatic interest. It is the only surviving complete example of the Roman historical drama known as the fabula praetexta.

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Written shortly after Nero's death by an unknown author, the play deals with events at the court of Nero in the decisive year 62 CE, for which it is the earliest extant almost contemporary literary source: Nero's divorce from his stepsister Octavia and marriage to his mistress Poppaea Sabina; the quelling of the popular riots which followed; Octavia's deportation to exile and death. The play's overt themes of sex, murder, politics, and power inform an action which is no simple indictment of Nero, rather a dramatization of imperial autocracy, political causation, and the perceptions and constructions of history.

The play appealed to the Renaissance and influenced Renaissance drama and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century historical opera. This new edition of Octavia attempts to present this important play to as wide a readership as possible. It offers a new Latin text, an English verse translation designed for both performance and serious study, and a detailed commentary on the play which is not only exegetic but analytic and interpretative.

A substantial introduction discusses the play dramatically, locates it in its historical and theatrical context, and traces its influence on European drama and opera. The Historical Context II.

The Fabula Praetexta IV. The Divorce and Death of Octavia V.


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