TITLE

`THE TRAGEDY OF TIBERIUS' (1607): DEBTS TO SHAKESPEARE

AUTHOR(S)
Dean, Paul
PUB. DATE
June 1984
SOURCE
Notes & Queries;Jun1984, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p213
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article states that the anonymous play "The Stately Tragedy of Claudius Tiberius Nero: Rome's Greatest Tyrant," (1607) draws its source-material mostly from historian Cornelius Tacitus, but treats it in the manner of a conventional revenge tragedy. The main center of interest is the villain Sejanus, whose intrigues form the mainspring of the plot until his judicial execution by a burning crown--a device probably borrowed from Chettle's Hoffman (written 1602, unpublished until 1631, but likely to make a vivid impression on stage). More extensive debts, however, appear to be owed to the scene in Richard 111 (1. ii) in which Richard woos Queen Anne.'
ACCESSION #
16036720

 

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