Tieste e Atreo prima di Seneca

Alice Bonandini


This paper examines the testimonia about the myth of Atreus and Thyestes, focusing in particular on how its reconstruction is influenced by Seneca’s Thyestes, the only surviving tragedy concerning such a myth. The inspection on attested fragments and indirect sources from the Greek and Roman tradition shows that the banquet episode, representing the core of Seneca's play, is part of a complex mythological system which is composed of many dramatic topics, providing different perspectives both on characters and the reasons of their conflict.

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