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In respond to Seneca’s injunction to offer simply instructions appropriate to public opinion, Nero replies that appreciate for the sword will lead them to applicable (459– 61). He indicates his familiarity with Seneca’s series of treatments (De ira 1. 15–16) by way of stating that exile has no longer damaged Faustus and Rubellius, and it truly is now time for the sword. The climax is Nero’s determination to regard Octavia as a hostis. whilst Burrus baulks on the inspiration of placing Octavia to demise and Nero takes him to activity for sparing a hostis, Burrus asks, with ideal common sense, how a lady will be referred to as a hostis. forty eight Nero replies that her crimes authorize it. Burrus asks who fees her and is informed that the accuser is the people’s rage. the assumption of crimson rage justifying the speedy punishment of the manifestus was once now not new,49 yet the following it intentionally contradicts Seneca’s stand opposed to haste and anger. one other tilt at Seneca is implied in Nero’s declare that worry of punishment will holiday her (870–2); there is not any considered curing her. Nero consequently decrees that she be taken to a distant island and killed (873–6). What have been Seneca’s perspectives on how a hostis can be handled? we can't confirm, simply because we don't have his complete insurance of the query. He says he'll care for Sulla’s proscriptions afterward while he considers what kind of anger might be felt in the direction of voters who've damaged away and develop into enemies (Clem. 1. 12. 2–3). yet we don't have the component to De clementia within which he again to the topic. We do, despite the fact that, have the passage within which he says that hostes who visit conflict for purposes of loyalty, treaties or liberty are entitled to clemency-driven acquittals (Clem. 2. 7. 2). yet this refers to exterior enemies. the single point out of inner enemies is whilst Augustus extends leniency to Cornelius Cinna. but if Seneca tells Nero, in Octavia, that the pater patriae should still healing his worry through clemency (442–4), he's touching on worry of inner hostes. this can replicate what the true Seneca had acknowledged within the lacking a part of De clementia. 50 ninety NERO AND THE STOICS end opposing Stoic perspectives on punishment color Nero’s punitive coverage. Seneca moulded clementia into anything greater than mercy/leniency; it grew to become, a minimum of partially, an interpretative canon of overall exoneration. Seneca didn't item to capital punishment as such, yet purely to merciless and derisive makes use of of it. Nero attempted to use Seneca’s precepts through instigating savage sentences with the intention to veto them. however the hardline Stoics annoyed the makes an attempt, who prefer their notions of the poena legis, utilitas publica and publica clementia. Nero devised the means of deflecting the odium of dying sentences approved through him. He moved clear of Seneca while he claimed that his savage punishment of the Christians used to be, even though wear as an leisure, in reality consonant with utilitas publica. After that he persisted to abuse the proposal of utilitas publica; the last word absurdity was once perpetrated opposed to Antistius Vetus. The Stoics have been attacked as a sect. one other absurdity used to be perpetrated opposed to Faustus Sulla and Rubellius Plautus.