Seneca, 2: The Tragedies (Paperback)

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By Seneca, David R. Slavitt (Translator)
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This is book number 2 in the Seneca (Hardcover) series.


Are there no limits to human cruelty? Is there any divine justice? Do the gods even matter if they do not occupy themselves with rewarding virtue and punishing wickedness? Seneca's plays might be dismissed as bombastic and extravagant answers to such questions--if so much of human history were not "Senecan" in its absurdity, melodrama, and terror. Here is an honest artist confronting the irrationality and cruelty of his world--the Rome of Caligula, Claudius, and Nero--and his art reflects the stress of the encounter. The surprise, perhaps, is that Seneca's world is so like our own.

About the Author

David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the "Eclogues" and "Georgics" of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780801849329
ISBN-10: 0801849322
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 1994
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Seneca (Hardcover)