Corpus ID: 191164526

Playing Mercy: the Value of Virtue in Seneca’s Thyestes

  title={Playing Mercy: the Value of Virtue in Seneca’s Thyestes},
  author={Kaitlyn Boulding},
The absence of clemency within Seneca’s tragedy Thyestes proves how necessary this virtue is for a ruler. In his treatise De Clementia, Seneca recommends the virtue clementia to the young emperor Nero. Seneca hopes that De Clementia “might act as a mirror (modo speculi)” and provide a picture of Nero “as someone who will attain the greatest pleasure of all (perventurum ad voluptatem maximam omnium).”1 He argues that acting virtuously is freeing in itself and leads to the best and happiest life… Expand