n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Thyestes' slipping garland (Seneca, . 947) : note

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The fatal banquet in Act 5 which marks the dramatic and structural apex of , is one of the virtuoso passages in Senecan tragedy, a densely suggestive scene in which multiple thematic strands converge to enhance the drama's grand . The dazzling scenario symbolically charts the victim's inner transformation : ' regal garments (955-56), his outward appearance (948) with the appurtenances of luxury (909, 913, 945-46) pointedly externalize his repudiation of (937), his exilic identity expressed earlier in the stoically tinged ideal of the true king (344-90,446-70).

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