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Oedipus ; Agamemnon ; Thyestes ; Hercules on Oeta ; Octavia

Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; John G Fitch
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
Series: Loeb classical library, 78.
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Seneca is a figure of first importance in both Roman politics and literature: a leading adviser to Nero who attempted to restrain the emperor's megalomania; a prolific moral philosopher; and the author of verse tragedies that strongly influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists. This volume completes the Loeb Classical Library's new two-volume edition of Seneca's tragedies. -- Jacket. Seneca's plots  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations into English
Drama
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, approximately 4 B.C.-65 A.D.
Oedipus.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)607364131
Named Person: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Octavia, consort of Nero Emperor of Rome; Agamemnon, King of Mycenae (Mythological character); Thyestes, King of Olympia and Mycenae (Mythological character); Hercules, (Roman mythological character); Oedipus, (Greek mythological figure)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; John G Fitch
ISBN: 0674996100 9780674996106
OCLC Number: 54500772
Language Note: Latin text with parallel English translation.
Description: viii, 654 p. ; 17 cm.
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 78.
Other Titles: Tragedies.
Responsibility: Seneca ; edited and translated by John G. Fitch.

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Seneca is a figure of first importance in both Roman politics and literature: a leading adviser to Nero who attempted to restrain the emperor's megalomania; a prolific moral philosopher; and the author of verse tragedies that strongly influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists. This volume completes the Loeb Classical Library's new two-volume edition of Seneca's tragedies. -- Jacket. Seneca's plots are based on mythical episodes, in keeping with classical tradition. But the political realities of imperial Rome are also reflected here, in an obsessive concern with power and dominion over others. Seneca's plays depict gigantic passions and intense interactions in an appropriately forceful rhetoric. Their perspective is much bleaker than that of his prose writing. In this new translation John Fitch conveys the force of Seneca's dramatic language and the lyric quality of his choral odes.

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