Dramatis Personae Since the ms. lacks a list of dramatis personae, this is an editorial contribution; the parts are listed in the order of their appearance.
26 Ixion had offended by attempting to sleep with Juno.
75 Probably he means Mother Earth, not his mother, the nymph Maia.
82 The Giants had piled Mt. Pelion atop Mt. Ossa in their attempt to climb up to heaven and attack the gods.
125 Hercules had held the world for Atlas while Atlas went to fetch for him the golden apples of the Hesperides.
187 He quotes a line from an unknown play by Euripides.
262ff. These lines would appear to refer to Sir Philip Sidney: as told by Fulke Greville in his The Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney, after being wounded at Zutphen, he was terribly thirsty because of loss of blood, but gave his water to another soldier whose need was more urgent.
285 Instead of being obliged to rely on her sisters’ advice about her appearance.
294ff. In order to achieve a satisfactorily spooky effect, the beginning of this speech is modeled after the appearance of the Ghost of Thyestes at the beginning of Seneca’s Agamemnon, which starts:
Opaca linquens Ditis inferni loca,
adsum profundo Tartari emissus specu,
incertus utras oderim sedes magis:
fugio Thyestes inferos, superos fugo.
It will be noted that this scene is somewhat illogical. Here and in III.ii Charon complains that the return of the Golden Age of Saturn is bad for his particular kind of business, but in fact Saturn is retored to his former throne by the Parcae until III.iii.
330 The Danaids, eternally punished for having murdered their husbands on their wedding day.
356 The name Parcae comes from parceo, “to spare.”
432 This line = Seneca, Thyestes 889.
448 A mistake of the author: Mt. Mimas was in Ionia, not Thrace.
632 Astraea was the Roman goddess of Justice (she speaks the following line, but the other personifications addressed by Saturn were presumably intended to be onstage as mute characters).
655f., Cf. Seneca, Thyestes 885f.:
Aequalis astris gradior et cunctos super
altum superbo vertice attingens polum.
703 See the note on 75.
758 Mercury was born in a cave on Mt. Cyllene.
768 Cf. Servius on Aeneid III.443, sane hic lacus ante silvarum densitate sic ambiebatur, ut exhalans inde per angustias aquae sulpureae odor gravissimus supervolantes aves necaret: unde et Avernus dictus est, quasi ἄορνος.
779 He means Pasiphae.
785 Minos, Rhadamanthuus and Aeacus.
848 The girl in question is the maiden just suggested by Lachesis at 832ff.
857 Tityus was punished in the Underworld for his sin against Leto.
915f. He means the Muses. The water of their fountain of Helicon is stronger than that of the Styx, since it confers immortality.
924 A proverbial Latin expression (cf. Erasmus, Adagia I.iv.62).
1021 He means the tongue-devouring Harpy suggested by Atropos at 855f.
1064 By Plutus he means the god of wealth, not the king of the Underworld.
1083 St. John’s College was founded by the merchant Sir Thomas White in 1555 (hence the pun on candore notum in the preceding line).