n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Thyestes' slipping garland (Seneca, Thy. 947) : note
|Article Title||Thyestes' slipping garland (Seneca, Thy. 947) : note|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2002|
|Pages||129 - 132|
The fatal banquet in Act 5 which marks the dramatic and structural apex of Thyestes, 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 peripeteia. The dazzling scenario symbolically charts the victim's inner transformation : Thyestes' regal garments (955-56), his outward appearance (948) with the appurtenances of luxury (909, 913, 945-46) pointedly externalize his repudiation of veterem ... Thyesten (937), his exilic identity expressed earlier in the stoically tinged ideal of the true king (344-90,446-70).
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