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Four Tragedies and Octavia (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Although their themes are borrowed from Greek drama, these exuberant and often macabre plays focus on action rather than moral concerns and are strikingly different in style from Seneca's prose writing. This collection includes Phaedra, Oedipus, Thyestes, and The Trojan Women.

Synopsis:

A selection of Seneca's most powerful and macabre plays vividly translated by Watling.

About the Author

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born at Cordoba in Spain around 4 BC. He rose to prominence in Rome, pursuing a career in the courts and political life, for which he had been trained, while also acquiring celebrity as an author of tragedies and essays. Falling foul of successive emperors (Caligula in AD 39 and Claudius in AD 41), he spent eight years in exile, allegedly for an affair with Caligula’s sister. Recalled in AD 49, he was made praetor and was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD 54, the emperor Nero. On Nero’s succession, Seneca acted for some eight years as an unofficial chief minister. The early part of this reign was remembered as a period of sound government, for which the main credit seems due to Seneca. His control over Nero declined as enemies turned the emperor against him with representations that his popularity made him a danger, or with accusations of immorality or excessive wealth. Retiring from public life he devoted his last three years to philosophy and writing, particularly the Letters to Lucilius. In AD 65 following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, in which he was thought to be implicated, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide. His fame as an essayist and dramatist lasted until two or three centuries ago, when he passed into literary oblivion, from which the twentieth century has seen a considerable recovery.

E.F. Watling was educated at Christ's Hospital and University College, Oxford. His translations of Greek and Roman plays for the Penguin Classics include the seven plays of Sophocles, nine plays of Plautus, and a selection of the tragedies of Seneca.

E.F. Watling was educated at Christ's Hospital and University College, Oxford. His translations of Greek and Roman plays for the Penguin Classics include the seven plays of Sophocles, nine plays of Plautus, and a selection of the tragedies of Seneca.

Table of Contents

Seneca: Four Tragedies And Octavia Introduction

Acknowledgement

Thyestes

Phaedra (or Hippolytus)

The Trojan Women

Oedipus

Octavia

Appendix I. Elizabethan translations and imitations

Appendix II. Passages from Seneca's prose

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140441741
Translator:
Seneca, Lucius
Author:
Watling, E. F.
Author:
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Author:
Seneca
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Mythology, classical
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Continental european drama (dramatic works by
Subject:
Tragedies
Subject:
Greek and rcman
Subject:
Mythology, Classical -- Drama.
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
Bd. 2
Publication Date:
19661031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.77x5.10x.60 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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