World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Octavia (play)

Article Id: WHEBN0004279561
Reproduction Date:

Title: Octavia (play)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Tragedy plays, History of theatre, Seneca the Younger, Tragedy, Drama
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Octavia (play)

Written by Anonymous
Original language Classical Latin
Subject Divorce of Nero and Octavia
Genre Fabula praetexta
(Tragedy based on Roman subjects)
Setting Imperial Rome

Octavia is a Roman tragedy that focuses on three days in the year 62 AD during which the Emperor Nero divorced and exiled his wife Claudia Octavia and married another (Poppaea Sabina). The play also deals with the irascibility of Nero and his inability to take heed of the philosopher Seneca's advice to rein in his passions.

In the past, the play's authorship was attributed to Seneca, but modern scholarship generally discredits this. It is presumed to have been written later in the Flavian period during the 1st century, after the deaths of both Nero and Seneca.


  • Octavia: A Play attributed to Seneca, ed. Rolando Ferri (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries No.41, Cambridge UP, 2003) [1]

Further reading

  • F. L. Lucas, "'The Octavia', an essay," Classical Review, 35,5-6 (1921), 91-93 [2].
  • P. Kragelund, Prophecy, Populism, and Propaganda in the "Octavia" (Copenhagen, 1982).
  • T. Barnes, "The Date of the Octavia," MH, 39 (1982) 215-17.
  • Harris, W.V., Restraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2001).
  • T. P. Wiseman, "Octavia and the Phantom Genre," in Idem, Unwritten Rome (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2008).
  • Girolamo Cardano 'Nero: An Exemplary Life' Inkstone, 2012.

External links

Octavia-- translated, with notes, by Watson Bradshaw

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.