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Thyestes

Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Moses Hadas
Publisher: New York : Liberal Arts Press, [1957] ©1957
Series: Library of liberal arts, 76.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although the myth of Atreus' gruesome vengeance on his brother, Thyestes, was embedded in Greek and Roman culture long before his time, Seneca's play is the only literary or dramatic account to have survived intact. Written probably in late Neronian Rome, Thyestes is now widely regarded as one of the tragedian's finest achievements and represents Seneca's most mature reflections on power and civilization and on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Named Person: Thyestes, King of Olympia and Mycenae (Mythological character); Thyestes, King of Olympia and Mycenae (Mythological character)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Moses Hadas
OCLC Number: 1201658
Description: 32 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Library of liberal arts, 76.
Other Titles: Seneca's Thyestes
Responsibility: translated, with an introduction, by Moses Hadas.

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Although the myth of Atreus' gruesome vengeance on his brother, Thyestes, was embedded in Greek and Roman culture long before his time, Seneca's play is the only literary or dramatic account to have survived intact. Written probably in late Neronian Rome, Thyestes is now widely regarded as one of the tragedian's finest achievements and represents Seneca's most mature reflections on power and civilization and on the tragic theatre itself. The play's impact on European literature and drama from antiquity to the present has been considerable; now much studied in universities and colleges, and regularly adapted and performed, it still contains much that speaks pointedly to our times: its focus on appetite, lust, violence, and horror; its preoccupation with rhetoric, morality, and power; its concern with the problematics of kinship, and with political, social, and religious institutions and their fragility and impotence; its dramatization of reason's failure, the triumph and cyclicity of evil, the determinism of history, the mastery of the world through mastery of the word; its theatricalized and godless universe--Amazon.

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