Annaeana Tragica: Notes On the Text of Seneca's Tragedies by John Fitch

By John Fitch

This quantity is a spouse to the author's new Loeb version of Seneca's tragedies (vol. 1, 2002; vol. 2, 2004). It bargains purposes for his editorial offerings, and explains his interpretations of the textual content as mirrored in his translation. Hercules Oetanus and Octavia, now usually considered as imitations of Senecan drama, are either incorporated. the amount is meant to be learn along Otto Zwierlein's Kritische Kommentar, released in 1986. within the intervening years there was a lot new paintings referring to Seneca's textual content, together with full-scale versions with statement on person performs, resembling Keulen's Troades, T?chterle's Oedipus and Ferri's Octavia. Annaeana Tragica seeks to complement and increase Zwierlein's paintings within the gentle of this new fabric. An appendix experiences the scholarly controversy in regards to the anapaestic odes of those performs, and gives clean facts correct to the problem.

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One might infer from 199–202 that the ships are becalmed. Line 638 could suggest stormy conditions, but occurs in one of Odysseus’ fabrications. 10 These lines (199b–202), despite the present tense of iacent, do not indicate that the sea “is already lying unruffled” (Fantham p. 235); rather they indicate the result of Achilles’ departure by a static snapshot instead of words indicating a process. For comparable snapshots in Senecan narrative cf. , 765–67. Here the present tenses have an additional significance that the calm continues, preventing the Greeks from sailing.

G. Med 232f. trans Pontum quoque/summota, 679 arcana secreta abdita, Pha 939 longinqua clausa abstrusa, Oed 851 obducta longo temporum tractu, Ben. 3 remota et solitudinibus interclusa, Ep. 2 in tenebris male abstrusa. ’s comm. g. , Oed 2–4). ). Herc 679 Bill. ad loc. and at SSU 95f. reports that the genitive singular of sinus is found nowhere else in poetry. This finding virtually eliminates E’s reading immensi sinus, and leaves us with A’s ablative immenso sinu. The word sinus here (whether in the genitive or ablative) has traditionally been taken to refer to the curving path of the river, on the basis of V.

Georg. 117), Oct 917–22 darent etc. Watt conjectures pararit, which he means as a future perfect. Such forms with -aver- shortened to -ar- are perfect subjunctive rather than future perfect elsewhere in STrag:18 not, of course, a strong objection, if an objection at all. Bill. adopts pararit but reinterprets it as a perfect subjunctive with a potential sense. So far as I know, a perfect subjunctive never has a potential sense in STrag. Is there a clear example anywhere in Latin of the perfect subjunctive used in a potential sense after si?

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