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Six Tragedies (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 14 Jan 2010
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I am awstruck by how good this is (Times Literary Supplement, A. N. Wilson's Book of The Year, 3/12/2010)
Wilson catches the beauty of their descriptive passages with simple felicity. (TLS,)
A fine new translation. (William Fitzgerald, Times Literary Supplement)
This edition of Seneca's tragedies is fresh, affordable, and teachable. (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
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Emily Wilson is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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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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