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Seneca: Apocolocyntosis (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Paperback – April 27, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0521288361 ISBN-10: 0521288363

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  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 27, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521288363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521288361
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Text: English, Latin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

This is a uniquely surviving specimen of prose-and-verse satire from the Roman world. The English version facing the text makes the work available to the general reader who may not have any Latin. The text, which is based on a critical examination of all the manuscripts, will be indispensable to scholars.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born in Spain around 4BC. He rose to prominence at Rome, pursuing a double career in the courts and political life, until Claudius sent him into exile exile on the island of Corsica for eight years. Recalled in AD49, he was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD54, the emperor Nero. Seneca acted for eight years as Nero's unofficial chief minister until Nero too turned against him and he retired from public life to devote himself to philosophy and writing. In AD65, following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eustathios on February 8, 2013
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This is a review of P.T. Eden's commentary for the Cambridge green and yellow series on Seneca's Apocolocyntosis. This edition includes a 25 page introduction, 17 pages of Latin text (with an extensive apparatus criticus - it often takes up 1/3 to 1/2 of the page), 17 pages of facing translation, about 90 pages of commentary, a 4 page appendix on the historicity of Claudius's extension of Roman citizenship to certain groups of non-Romans, 5 pages of bibliography, an index, and (starting with the 2002 reprints) 7 pages of addenda and corrigenda to the introduction/commentary/bibliography. The most striking feature of this edition is the inclusion of a facing translation that is designed, according to the preface, "to supplement the commentary in helping the reader to understand the meaning and appreciate the flavour of the original". The editor has also sought to aid the reader with a Latin text that is as free of obeli/daggers as possible, printing the best conjectures available where the text is corrupt and discussing textual problems extensively in the commentary proper and in the apparatus criticus.

The Apocolocyntosis dramatizes and satirizes the deceased Emperor Claudius's attempt (unsuccessful, at least in the context of this satire) to undergo deification like his predecessor Augustus and join him in the ranks of the Olympian gods. It is extremely funny. The humor ranges from witty literary allusions and incisive political digs to the crudest scatological jokes and withering ad hominem attacks. The Latin is generally very colloquial and breezy, except on a few occasions where a more lofty and formal tone is adopted for parodic effect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Dombrowski on November 24, 2007
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Seneca's Apocolocyntosis is a quasi-funerary speech given by Seneca on the Saturnalia concerning the (deified) emperor Claudius. The speech is hilarious, mocking a justly deserving tyrant, and is totally worth reading (in Latin it's better than English).

Eden's volume has become the standard critical edition (w/ full apparatus) of Seneca's Apocolocyntosis. Unlike others of the Cambridge texts, this one also includes a full translation in Loeb style with Latin and English on facing pages. If I had a gripe, it's only that the edition is only available in softcover. That's a real shame.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Rozsa on December 11, 2006
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On the one hand, it is important to remember that Seneca wrote this book as a way of stroking the petty ego of Rome's newest emperor, Nero; thus his lampooning of Claudius and fawning admiration of his successor should be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, it is a great Menippean satire - humorous, witty, well-composed, and imaginative. I only wish that the full text remained in our possession; some of it is missing, and I suspect that its absence does detract from the quality of the whole. Oh well.
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Commentary is helpful for quick reference a la Cliff's notes and for a decent understanding of the work but too superficial for an in-depth study of the text.
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