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From the Publisher"This is an excellent, thoroughgoing piece of scholarship." C.J. Zabrowski, Gettysburg College, Choice
"F's ... commentary ... will become a standard reference source for the play.... accurate, careful, and thorough."
International Journal of the Classical Tradition
"even if one could wish for a more extended discussion of some topics, the general value of this first full-scale scholarly commentary in English is not reduced; its wide coverage of material and neat presentation make it a welcome basis for future studies of the Octavia" - Gesine Manuwald, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg i. Br.
"Ferri has given us one possession forever, or at least for a very long time, in his Octavia" - John G. Fitch, Department of Greek and Roman Studies
"Rolando Ferri's commentary on the Pseudo-Senecan Octavia strikes the reader with its overwhelming riches of philological information, its vast reading both of ancient poetry and modern scholarly work, and above all, its helpful explanations and sound hermeneutic judgement. It is difficult not to be enthusiastic about this brilliant work of learning, competence, and interpretive sensibility. To study this commentary is to learn not only about Octavia, but also about Senecan drama, Roman tragedy, Greek tragedy--their composition and technique, their style and meter." - Ernst A. Schmidt, Philologisches Seminar, Universitat Tubingen