In keeping with the legends utilized in Greek drama, Seneca's performs are remarkable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous occasions are foretold after which pursued to their tragic and sometimes bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the threat of an ancestral curse striking over feuding brothers, whereas Phaedra portrays a girl stricken 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 condo 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 decrease the atrocities of the emperor.
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It truly is no a part of women’s paintings to carry The reins of presidency. You, within the leading And flower of your formative years, should still rule your humans; Your birthright can provide energy. in basic terms defend Your slave, and take your suppliant for your hands! Have pity for a widow – HIPPOLYTUS: God evade The omen of that be aware! My father lives And he'll very quickly go back unhurt. PHAEDRA: The grasp of the silent prison-house Of demise permits a vacationer no method again to the area he got here from; will he enable A ravisher1 to come? until we predict Pluto himself sits by means of, smiling on love! HIPPOLYTUS: but i think the kindly powers of heaven Will convey him again. until eventually our prayers are responded, i'll be dad or mum, as in accountability sure, Of my pricey brothers; and my care of you Will make you by no means contemplate widowhood. I can be with you in my father’s position. PHAEDRA [aside]: may well he say extra? O tempting voice of affection! Fond fanatics’ desire! i need to entreat back. … [To Hippolytus] but pity me; pay attention my heart’s silent prayer; I lengthy to talk, but am ashamed – HIPPOLYTUS: What ails you? PHAEDRA: Such difficulty as you wouldn't imagine a step-mother must undergo. HIPPOLYTUS: you put me riddles to bet. are you able to communicate it appears that evidently? PHAEDRA: insanity is in my middle; it truly is ate up by way of love, a wild hearth raging Secretly in my physique, in my blood, Like flames that lick throughout a roof of trees. HIPPOLYTUS: Love – why, your blameless love for Theseus, how Can that be insanity? PHAEDRA: this can be the reality, Hippolytus: The face of Theseus is the face i like – The younger face of former years – the cheek That have been tender, pencilled with its first beard – the instant whilst he observed the Cnossian monster’s Labyrinth criminal – whilst he wound the thread alongside the twisting alleys. Ah, the splendour! His light face, less than the banded hair, Shone with the golden glow of modesty. His fingers have been soft, yet with muscle powerful; And in his face there has been the face of Phoebe, Your ancestor – or Phoebus, mine; yet but extra like your personal. certain, sure, I see him now – So used to be he whilst he gained his enemy’s1 favour – in order that – his head held excessive; notwithstanding on your seems to be The normal grace, unkempt, continues to be extra ideal. Your father is all the following in you; right here too Is whatever of your mother’s sternness, lending As nice an additional dignity – your face Is Greek yet with a hint of Scythian roughness. should you might have been there beside your father The day he crossed the ocean to Crete, my sister2 could fairly have spun out her ball of thread For you. And O my sister, aid me now! Now, from anyplace within the starry sky Your shiny face shines, come to my relief during this an analogous perplexity as used to be your personal: sisters fallen sufferers to at least one condo, You to the daddy, I to the son! … [To Hippolytus] Behold, The daughter of a king kneels at your ft! Spotless, unstained, and blameless of sin, until now; yet now, for romance of you by myself, now not what i used to be. no longer with out goal Have I abased myself in prayer; this present day needs to finish my distress, or finish my existence.