Four Tragedies and Octavia by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Four Tragedies and Octavia
By Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Four Tragedies and Octavia

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Translated by E.F. Watling See other recent books by E.F. Watling
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Four Tragedies and Octavia by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Based on the legends used in Greek drama, Seneca's plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the menace of an ancestral curse hanging over two feuding brothers, while Phaedra portrays a woman tormented by fatal passion for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache await their fates at the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal House of Thebes. Octavia is a grim commentary on Nero's tyrannical rule and the execution of his wife, with Seneca himself appearing as an ineffective counsellor attempting to curb the atrocities of the emperor.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140441741
ISBN-10: 0140441743
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1974
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC - AD65) was born in Cordoba, Spain, where he was brought up studying the traditional virtues of republican Roman life. He became a teacher of rhetoric but attracted attention for his incisive style of writing. Closely linked to Nero, his death was ordered by the emperor in AD65. Seneca committed suicide. E.F. Watling had translated many Ancient Classics for Penguin, including plays of Sophocles and Plautus. He died in 1990.

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