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Seneca Phaedra

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ISBN-10: 0521337135

ISBN-13: 9780521337137

Edition: 1990

Authors: Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Michael Coffey, Roland Mayer, P. E. Easterling, Philip Hardie

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Seneca's Phaedra occupies an important and influential position in the tradition of European drama. This new edition concentrates on the play's dramatic qualities, examining its Greek and Roman background. The introduction presents discussion of dramaturgy and rhetoric as well as style and textual transmission. An unusual feature is the tracing of the influence of Phaedra's story on later European literature and music. The commentary has extensive notes not only on Seneca's language, but also on plot, characterization, and the use of myth.
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/23/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

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.…    

The life of Seneca
The dating of Seneca's tragedies
The background of the myth
Roman literary influences
Dramatic performances
Rhetorical elements
Aspects of literary craftsmanship
Literary and philosophical interpretation
The manuscripts and the transmission of the text
The influence of Seneca's tragedies and of the Phaedra myth
Metre and prosody
Annaei Senecae Phaedra