n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Senum praesidia, tot iuvenes : black wit at Seneca, Thy. 523 : note
|Article Title||Senum praesidia, tot iuvenes : black wit at Seneca, Thy. 523 : note|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1999|
|Pages||210 - 214|
Seneca's Atreus is not only a consummate criminal but also a master rhetorician, whose domination at the dramatic level is registered throughout, in his control of the rhetorical situation. If we attempt to describe his style in terms of its rhetorical purpose, two broad types, sometimes shading off into each other, may be distinguished. First there is what we might term the rhetoric of falsa nomina or ensnarement, intended to allay Thyestes' misgivings, kindle his innate lust for power and so lure him into the trap.
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