n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - One for Falco : the tribune and his lady

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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This Tacitean tabloid tale of lust, murder, and mystery is here given the close circumstantial, linguistic, and stylistic scrutiny that it has never previously received in any article, book, or commentary. The historian's capacity for telling a good story well is pointed up, in terms of narrative pace and sweep, also disclosing aspects of his Latinity neglected by Furneaux and Koestermann - some even eluded Syme, despite whom this episode was written up for its own sake, not merely as curtain-raiser for Poppaea. Finally - again remarkably unremarked by any predecessor - just who did what remains unclear, hence the titular call for Falco.

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