n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Seneca's representation of Andromache and its reception in French Drama

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Andromache is one of the noblest and most sorrowful characters associated with the Trojan war. In ancient and modern literature she is famed for conjugal love, fidelity and loyalty. She is represented as loving wife and mother, mourning widow and, later, captive, slave and concubine, everlastingly linked with her past as Hector's wife in the great days of Troy. This paper examines the way in which the Roman tragedian, Seneca, refashioned the Andromache of the Greek and Latin poets and how his representation subsequently, together with earlier depictions, impacted on her portrayal in French literature, particularly Robert Garnier's (1581), Sallebray's (1640) and Racine's (1667).

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