Astraean

As`trae´an


a.1.(Zool.) Pertaining to the genus Astræa or the family Astræidæ.
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The play has the classical characters coming to England, where through the supernatural assistance of Jack, the chthonic repesentative of the English ground, Delia is reunited with Eumenides and her brothers, Venelia returns to Erestus, whose youth is restored, and Sacrapant and his attendant Furies are dispelled to institute an Astraean age reminiscent of the justice created at the conclusion of the Oresteia, which also ends with the triumph of the light over the dark.
However, the identification of Spenser's Senecan sources raises further problems: not only are the passages conjoined on the basis of an Astraean eschatology that is nowhere made explicit, but Spenser has simultaneously redescribed the falling of the stars as an almost comic battle between the constellations, and reinterpreted it in astronomical terms as the precession of the equinoxes.