Beneficio e vendetta. Due dinamiche relazionali nel "De beneficiis" e nelle tragedie di Seneca

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Abstract

In his tragedies Seneca works out a representation of the relational systems of iniuria and revenge, operating a reconsideration of the morphological categories of male facere and bene facere and their cultural and literary value. The comparison between iniuria – the most important instrument of nocere in the Seneca’s fabulae – and beneficium aims at clarifying the structural terms of Seneca’s redefinition about offense and benefits, in order to identify a network of themes that may furnish a cultural interpretation of this two different forms of relationship, marked by an ideological polarity that the comparison about tragedies and the treatise de beneficiis allows to emerge. The mixing of elements belonging to opposite dynamics compromises outcomes of the mechanism of benefit, whereas it support the success of revenge. The attempt to investigate the devices of these operations in "Medea", "Thyestes" and "Phaedra" is functional to recover the anthropological meaning of these antithetical practices, linked by the module of reversal.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)258-292
Numero di pagine35
RivistaDIONYSUS EX MACHINA
Volume2
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2011

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