The Prefect's Dilemma and the Date of the Octavia

Classical Quarterly 38 (02):492- (1988)
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The long-awaited publication of Otto Zwierlein's edition of Seneca's Tragedies provides a welcome opportunity to present a few observations on the penultimate scene of pseudo-Seneca's Octavia . The scene in question features Nero quarrelling with his Guard Prefect over the fate of the Empress Octavia. In this altercation there are three textual points which have for long been in dispute. The first section of the article is concerned with these, favouring an emendation discarded in the new Oxford edition, but questioning two of the verse divisions suggested or adopted by Zwierlein
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