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Recognition and the Character of Seneca's Medea

Bexley, E.M.

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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.


Bexley, E. (2016). Recognition and the Character of Seneca's Medea. The Cambridge Classical Journal, 62, 31-51.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2016
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2017
Journal The Cambridge Classical Journal
Print ISSN 1750-2705
Electronic ISSN 2047-993X
Publisher Cambridge Philological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Pages 31-51
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This article has been published in a revised form in Cambridge Classical Journal 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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