Anger, Mercy, Revenge

ISBN-10: 0226748421
ISBN-13: 9780226748429
Edition: 2012
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Description: 'Anger, Mercy, Revenge' comprises three key writings: the moral essays 'On Anger' & 'On Clemencya' which were penned as advice for the young emperor Nero, & the 'Apocolocyntosis', a brilliant satire lampooning the end of the reign of Claudius.

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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

'Anger, Mercy, Revenge' comprises three key writings: the moral essays 'On Anger' & 'On Clemencya' which were penned as advice for the young emperor Nero, & the 'Apocolocyntosis', a brilliant satire lampooning the end of the reign of Claudius.

Seneca was born in Spain of a wealthy Italian family. His father, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (see Vol. 4), wrote the well-known Controversaie (Controversies) and Suasoriae (Persuasions), which are collections of arguments used in rhetorical training, and his nephew Lucan was the epic poet of the civil war. Educated in rhetoric and philosophy in Rome, he found the Stoic doctrine especially compatible. The younger Seneca became famous as an orator but was exiled by the Emperor Claudius. He was recalled by the Empress Agrippina to become the tutor of her son, the young Nero. After the first five years of Nero's reign, Agrippina was murdered and three years later Octavia, Nero's wife, was exiled. Seneca retired as much as possible from public life and devoted himself to philosophy, writing many treatises at this time. But in 65 he was accused of conspiracy and, by imperial order, committed suicide by opening his veins. He was a Stoic philosopher and met his death with Stoic calm. Seneca's grisly tragedies fascinated the Renaissance and have been successfully performed in recent years. All ten tragedies are believed genuine, with the exception of Octavia, which is now considered to be by a later writer. Translations of the tragedies influenced English dramatists such as Jonson (see Vol. 1), Marlowe (see Vol. 1), and Shakespeare (see Vol. 1), who all imitated Seneca's scenes of horror and his characters---the ghost, nurse, and villain.

Robert A. Kaster, professor of classics and Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin at Princeton University, has taught and written mainly in the areas of Roman rhetoric, the history of education, and Roman ethics. His books include Guardians of Language: The Grammarian and Society in Late Antiquity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), and several critical editions and translations, including Anger, Mercy, Revenge (with Martha C. Nussbaum) in the University of Chicago Press’s Complete Works of Seneca series (2010).

Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Seneca and His World
On Anger
Translated
Translator's Introduction
On Anger
Notes
On Clemency
Translated
Translator's Introduction
On Clemency
Notes
The Pumpkinification of Claudius the God
Translated
Translator's Introduction
The Pumpkinification of Claudius the God
Index

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