Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Dawn at Thebes (Seneca, Hercules Furens 125-201)

Juno has just finished her opening monologue in which she whips herself into a frenzy of rage at Hercules. As the chorus enters, they sing of the dawn, then deliver an encomium of the simple country life, away from the ambition, greed, and corruption of city life. (Seneca apparently knew little of country life, which […]

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Seneca Hecules Furens 1-29

Soror Tonantis – hōc enim sōlum mihi nōmen relictum est – semper aliēnum Iovem ac templa summī vidua dēseruī aetheris, locumque caelō pulsa paelicibus dedī; tellūs colenda est, paelicēs caelum tenent.                 5 hinc Arctos altā parte glaciālis polī sublīme classēs sīdus Argolicās agit; hinc, quā recentī vēre laxātur diēs, Tyriae per undās vector Eurōpae nitet; […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Seneca, Medea 895-910

Seneca’s Latin play Medea was written in the mid-first century AD. Less famous than the version of Euripides, it is nonetheless very powerful, and is generally considered to be the strongest of his earlier plays. In this scene, Medea prepares herself to kill her own children as a way of taking revenge on her faithless […]