The Rape of Lucrece

William SHAKESPEARE (1564 - 1616)

The Rape of Lucrece (1594) is a narrative poem by William Shakespeare about the legendary Lucretia. Lucrece draws on the story described in both Ovid's Fasti and Livy's history of Rome. In 509 BC, Sextus Tarquinius, son of Tarquin, the king of Rome, raped Lucretia (Lucrece), wife of Collatinus, one of the king's aristocratic retainers. As a result, Lucrece committed suicide. Her body was paraded in the Roman Forum by the king's nephew. This incited a full-scale revolt against the Tarquins led by Lucius Junius Brutus, the banishment of the royal family, and the founding of the Roman republic. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication. The Argument. Martin Geeson
00:06:21
Play 01 "From the besieged Ardea all in post..." Martin Geeson
00:13:31
Play 02 "Now stole upon the time the dead of night..." Martin Geeson
00:10:29
Play 03 "As corn o'ergrown by weeds, so heedful fear..." Martin Geeson
00:19:53
Play 04 "'Lucrece,' quoth he, 'this night I must enjoy thee...'" Elizabeth Klett
Martin Geeson
00:14:44
Play 05 "He like a thievish dog creeps sadly thence..." Elizabeth Klett
00:08:26
Play 06 "'O Opportunity, thy guilt is great...'" Elizabeth Klett
00:08:39
Play 07 "'In vain I rail at Opportunity...'" Elizabeth Klett
00:09:58
Play 08 "'Dear lord of that dear jewel I have lost...'" Arielle Lipshaw
00:10:04
Play 09 "At last she calls to mind..." Arielle Lipshaw
00:12:20
Play 10 "But now the mindful messenger..." Arielle Lipshaw
00:07:18
Play 11 "Here with a sigh, as if her heart would break..." Arielle Lipshaw
00:07:47