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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Roman versions of classical Greek tragedies, 17 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Six Tragedies (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Seneca was tutor to Nero and we can see in these sometimes bizarre, but always compelling, tragedies an attempt to educate the young emperor in the lessons of good rulership: the fragility of power, the importance of clemency, the concern with the ethics of a good life (and death) reappear again and again.

But Seneca is also writing himself belatedly into an essentially Greek tradition, and the intertextual readings of epic and Athenian tragedy are crucial to an understanding of these plays. Negotiating the literary and cultural past, and the political (contemporary) present, Seneca creates something unique: frequently bloodthirsty, not very subtle, but always compelling.

This is the version of tragedy that had such a huge impact on the English Renaissance, not least Shakespeare. But these are still fascinating in their own right, and are the main extant examples of Roman tragedy.

So these are fascinating little gems of literary history: gory, frequently over-blown, and all the more engaging for that very reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars george levantis seneca, 3 Jan. 2013
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Brilliant these were a revelation to me . Never have i been swept along with a play read such as this . It confirms all i have been told about the extreme literature of the ancients. It was difficult to stop reading entering such a vivid graphic prose, the tempo was impressive.
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