Mateusz Stróżyński (translation),"Lucjusz Anneusz Seneka. Herkules szalony "
The Mad Hercules is one of the tragedies written by a Roman philosopher and politician, Seneca the Younger, who was a tutor and advisor of Nero. During the reign of Claudius, Seneca spent eight years in exile on Corsica, and after the rise of Nero to power, for a brief period he exerted some influence on the emperor. He was eventually accused of conspiring against Nero and forced to commit a suicide in 65 AD. Hercules is a work about a hero who devoted all his life to fighting monsters for the sake of mankind, but was not able to protect his own wife and children from the monster in himself. When his step-mother, Juno, sent madness on him out of hatred, Hercules murdered brutally his family and came back to his senses to live with the crime he committed. The tragedy can be read as an allusion to the reign of Nero, but in fact it touches upon a universal theme of evil and madness in all of us and asks what it means to be truly human.