Pierre Corneille: Cinna (2661 words)

Christopher Semk (Yale University)
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Pierre Corneille’s five-act tragedy Cinna, ou la clémence d’Auguste was performed at the Théâtre du Marais in August or September 1642 and published in January 1643. The tragedy was a great success and was performed throughout the seventeenth century. At the tragedy’s outset, Emilie, who blames the emperor Auguste for her father’s death, envisions taking revenge by having the emperor assassinated. Cinna, her lover and an advisor to the emperor, has enlisted a number of co-conspirators by promising to replace the monarchy with a republican government. Everything changes when Auguste considers abdicating. In order to remain faithful to Emilie, Cinna encourages Auguste to remain in power.…

Citation: Semk, Christopher. "Cinna". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 December 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6017, accessed 10 July 2020.]

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