4 Annotations

First Reading

Terry F  •  Link

*Héraclius* (1646).

The drama is scattered with neo-classical sayings, e.g.:

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases! [Qui se laisse outrager, merite qu'on l'outrage Et l'audace impunie enfle trop un courage.]
Heraclius (I, 2)

Tyrant, step from the throne, and give place to thy master. [Tyran, descends du trone et fais place a ton maitre.]
Heraclius (I, 2)

Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare. [Devine, si tu peux, et choisis, si tu l'oses.]
Heraclius (IV, 4)


Michael Robinson  •  Link

Corneille, Pierre, (1606-1684), Carlell, Lodowick, (1602?-1675) tr.
Heraclius, Emperour of the East. A tragedy. Written in French by Monsieur de Corneille. Englished by Lodowick Carlell, Esq;
London : printed for John Starkey, at the Mitre between the Middle-Temple Gate and Temple-Bar in Fleetstreet, 1664.
[6], 62, [2] p. ; 4⁰. Wing (2nd ed., 1994), C6310

"Pepys saw it again, February 4th. 1666/7, at the Duke's Theatre. Carlell's translation was, it is said, never acted. The play which Pepys saw was probably never printed."

Wheatley edn., note March 8 1663/4

cum salis grano  •  Link

history unread:
The Persian Wars of Heraclius

Pierre Corneille wrote a very fanciful play Heraclius about him and his relationship with his imperial predecessor, Phokas. Corneille concentrated on the ...

Eastern Roman emperor (610–641) who reorganized and strengthened the imperial administration and the imperial armies but who, nevertheless, lost Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Byzantine Mesopotamia to the Arab Muslims.

Heraclius was born in eastern Anatolia. His father, probably of Armenian descent, was governor of the Roman province of Africa when an appeal came from Constantinople to save the Eastern Roman Empire from the terror and incompetence of the emperor Phocas. The Governor equipped an expeditionary force and put his devout son, the blond and gray-eyed Heraclius, in command of it
more' oh why the play more intrigue
the story of Heraclius

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

[Full text of the play]
Heraclius, Emperour of the East a tragedy / written in French by Monsieur de Corneille ; Englished by Lodowick Carlell, Esq.
Corneille, Pierre, 1606-1684., Carlell, Lodowick, 1602?-1675.
London: Printed for John Starkey ..., 1664.

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