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Seneca: The Tragedies / Edition 1
     

Seneca: The Tragedies / Edition 1

by Seneca, David R. Slavitt, Palmer Bovie, Dana Gioia, Kelly Cherry
 

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ISBN-10: 0801849322

ISBN-13: 9780801849329

Pub. Date: 12/01/1994

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Are there no limits to human cruelty? Is there any divine justice? Do the gods even matter if they do not occupy themselves with rewarding virtue and punishing wickedness? Seneca's plays might be dismissed as bombastic and extravagant answers to such questions—if so much of human history were not "Senecan" in its absurdity, melodrama, and terror. Here is an

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Are there no limits to human cruelty? Is there any divine justice? Do the gods even matter if they do not occupy themselves with rewarding virtue and punishing wickedness? Seneca's plays might be dismissed as bombastic and extravagant answers to such questions—if so much of human history were not "Senecan" in its absurdity, melodrama, and terror. Here is an honest artist confronting the irrationality and cruelty of his world—the Rome of Caligula, Claudius, and Nero—and his art reflects the stress of the encounter. The surprise, perhaps, is that Seneca's world is so like our own.

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ISBN-13:
9780801849329
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Series:
Complete Roman Drama in Translation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents and translators: Octavia, Kelly Cherry • Hercules Oetaeus, Stephen Sandy • Oedipus, Rachel Hadas • The Phoenician Women, David Slavitt • Hercules Furens, Dana Gioia.

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