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The Common SpringEssays on Latin and English Poetry$
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Niall Rudd

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675488

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.001.0001

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The Classical Presence in Titus Andronicus

The Classical Presence in Titus Andronicus

[From Shakespeare Survey 55 (2002) 199–208]

(p.95) 8 The Classical Presence in Titus Andronicus
The Common Spring

Niall Rudd

Liverpool University Press

This essay focuses on the characters's awareness of Roman cultural traditions in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, especially the dual foundation stories for Rome: by Romulus or by Aeneas. Dead sons take on particular resonance, as do lines of inheritance, as the Trojan literary legacy reappears throughout the tragedy. Shakespeare is shown to draw on Virgil, Ovid, Plutarch on the one hand and Livy, Horace, Seneca on the other in equal measure.

Keywords:   Shakespeare Titus Andronicus, Troy, Virgil, Ovid, Plutarch, Livy, Horace, Seneca, tragedy

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