Six Tragedies (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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"This edition of Seneca's tragedies is fresh, affordable, and teachable, and I hope it will make Senecan tragedy more accessible for those wanting to teach it in courses on Latin literature, drama, or myth. Wilson has discovered a proper idiom for Seneca's tragedies, one that not only is suitable
for the grandeur of his rhetorical catalogues, but can also deliver his sententiae with the cunning and thrust they deserve."-Bryn Mawr Classical Review
About the Author
Emily Wilson is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st edition (February 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0192807064
- ISBN-13 : 978-0192807069
- Item Weight : 7.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #361,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have the kindle version. The starring in the e-book is really nice in elaborating on references which mention gods, events, et cetera that as an average contemporary reader we don't know about, but any Roman citizen reading this would have known. Yet I still think there were a lot more points that the book could have pointed out because really unless you have a very extensive knowledge of both Greek and Roman mythology it's easy to miss many enriching references in the tragedies. That is my main scruple with the book. As someone who does know Latin, for the syntax, I think it followed really well what you would expect from reading this in the original language which I really enjoyed. Latin prides itself on this paradoxical and ambiguous syntax that this translation did well capturing.
Now for the actual content of the book:
I love Seneca, most of the time. The plays Medea, Phaedra, Oedipus, and Thyestes do not disappoint. They are scattered with those stoic principles Seneca is so famous for. They have the fast pasted, passionate plots that you want in a tragedy. That being said Hercules Furens and Trojan Women, not so much. Both of these lack that spark of passion which makes all these other plays so interesting. They also seem to really not be focused on actual action but just retelling of former events.
BE WARNED: These plays contain very graphic and violent depictions of murders of children, incest, and so forth just so you know. It is speculated that Seneca wrote these during the Neronian period so this graphic violence is directly correlated to a pessimism he suffered from living in such a period working under an emperor like Nero, but who knows
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Extremely useful notes by Emily Wilson.