Ramus volume 46, issue 1-2, P16-34 2017 DOI: 10.1017/rmu.2017.2 View full text
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C. Michael Sampson

Abstract: Beginnings matter. In tragedy, specifically, the first act is the initial tableau in a larger composition, introducing the raw material—themes, characters, and mythological crisis—whose development and consequences will comprise the poetic action. Seneca's are a case in point: although scholars have noted that his first acts can be ‘somewhat separate’ from the main action of the plot and overly general or preliminary in character, this is only true in dramatic terms; a holistic approach to Senecan tragedy regu…

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