Four Tragedies and Octavia     -     By: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Four Tragedies and Octavia

Penguin Books / 1966 / Paperback

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All these plays reflect the invigorating and unorthodox way in which Seneca used the spoken word. The tragedies of Seneca represents a curious branch of Latin literature. Taken from Greek drama, their legendary subjects are modelled on the manner of Euripides, yet Seneca all but ignores the moral conflict inherent in the tragic drama. What gives his plays their momentum is the ruthlessness with which a disastrous event, foretold from the start, is pursued. Exuberant and often macabrely bloodthirsty, their descriptive power and idiosyncratic poetic style provide a strange and striking contrast to his prose writing.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1966
ISBN: 0140441743
ISBN-13: 9780140441741

Publisher's Description

Based on the legends used in Greek drama, Seneca's plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the menace of an ancestral curse hanging over two feuding brothers, while Phaedra portrays a woman tormented by fatal passion for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache await their fates at the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal House of Thebes. Octavia is a grim commentary on Nero's tyrannical rule and the execution of his wife, with Seneca himself appearing as an ineffective counsellor attempting to curb the atrocities of the emperor.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author Bio

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC-AD65) was born in Cordoba, Spain, where he was brought up studying the traditional virtues of republican Roman life. He became a teacher of rhetoric but attracted attention for his incisive style of writing. Closely linked to Nero, his death was ordered by the emperor in AD65. Seneca committed suicide.

E.F. Watling had translated many ancient classics for Penguin, including plays of Sophocles and Plautus. He died in 1990.

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