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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 g ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 25th 2011 by Penguin Classics
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I only actually read the introductory material and Phaedra, but I really liked Seneca's rendition of the play. I am reading a whole bunch of Hippolytus/Phaedra adaptations for my dissertation, and this was the first on my list, being chronologically the oldest after Euripides' version.

The introduction to this collection talks about a long standing perception that Seneca was a poor copier of Greek drama, rather than a legitimate dramatist in his own right, and the perception that he sacrificed ac
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca) (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may ...more
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