Seneca Tragicus in the Latin Tragedies of the 12th and 13th Centuries?

  • Caterina Mordeglia University of Trento


The essay returns to the question of the possible presence of Senecan tragic reminiscences in the

corpus of 12th- and 13th-century tragedies edited by Ferruccio Bertini in 1994, in the light of the new

critical acquisitions. What emerges is how, in the impossibility of demonstrating a direct or even

mediated point of contact, Seneca's tragic legacy on these texts is limited almost exclusively to a

literary memory sedimented through the centuries and exposed to the genre contaminations typical

of the Middle Ages.