Bexley, E. M. (2016) 'Recognition and the character of Seneca's Medea.', Cambridge classical journal., 62 . pp. 31-51.
This article examines the character and identity of Seneca's Medea. Focusing on the recognition scene at the end of the play, I investigate how Medea constructs herself both as a literary figure and as an implied human personality. The concluding scene of Seneca's Medea raises crucial questions about self-coherence and recognisability: in contrast to other moments of anagnōrisis in Greco-Roman drama, it confirms the pre-existing facets of Medea's identity, rather than revealing new ones. This concept of recognition as self-confirmation is also integral to Seneca's Stoic view of human selfhood, and Medea's use of Stoic principles in this play reinforces her dual status as textual entity and quasi-person.
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|Publisher statement:||This article has been published in a revised form in Cambridge Classical Journal https://doi.org/10.1017/s1750270516000051. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Cambridge University Press.|
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|Date deposited:||02 October 2017|
|Date of first online publication:||08 August 2016|
|Date first made open access:||02 October 2017|
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