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