Phaedra and Other Plays

ISBN-10: 0140455515
ISBN-13: 9780140455519
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Living in Rome under Caligula and later a tutor to Nero, Seneca witnessed the extremes of human behaviour. His shocking and bloodthirsty plays not only reflect a brutal period of history but also show how guilt, sorrow, anger and desire lead individuals to violence. The hero of Hercules Insane saves his own family from slaughter, only to commit further atrocities when he goes mad. The horrifying death of Astyanax is recounted in Trojan Women, and Phaedra deals with forbidden love. In Oedipus a nervous man discovers himself, while Thyestes recounts the bitter family struggle for a crown. Of uncertain authorship, Octavia dramatizes Nero#x19;s divorce from his wife and her deportation. The only Latin tragedies to have survived complete, these plays are masterpieces of vibrant, muscular language and psychological insight.

R. Scott Smith (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is associate professor of ethics and Christian apologetics at Biola University. He is the author of Virtue Ethics and Moral Knowledge: Philosophy of Language After MacIntyre and Hauerwas(Ashgate, 2003), Truth and the New Kind of Christian(Crossway, 2005) and Naturalism and our Knowledge of Reality (Ashgate, 2012).

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Selected Further Reading
A Note on the Translation
Preface to Hercules Insane
Hercules Insane
Preface to Trojan Women
Trojan Women
Preface to Phaedra
Phaedra
Preface to Oedipus
Oedipus
Preface to Thyestes
Thyestes
Preface to Octavia
Octavia
Notes
Glossary

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