Attributed to Seneca
Edited by A. J. Boyle
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Octavia by A. J. Boyle
Book DescriptionOctavia is a work of exceptional historical and dramatic interest. It is the only surviving complete example of the Roman historical drama known as the fabula praetexta. Written shortly after Nero's death by an unknown author, the play deals with events at the court of Nero in the decisive year 62 CE, for which it is the earliest extant (almost contemporary) literary source; its main themes are sex, murder, politics, power and the perceptions and constructions of history. It is a powerful, lyrical and spectacular play. This is the first critical edition of Octavia, with verse translation and commentary, which aims to elucidate the text dramatically as well as philologically, and to locate it firmly in its historical and theatrical context. The verse translation is designed for both performance and serious study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199287840
(223mm x 147mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A full-scale critical edition of Seneca's Medea which offers a substantial introduction, a new Latin text, an English verse translation, and a detailed commentary. Boyle locates the play firmly in its contemporary, historical, and theatrical context and in the ensuing literary and dramatic tradition.
Seneca: Oedipus, Paperback (October 2012)
A full-scale critical edition with commentary of Seneca's Oedipus, the only surviving ancient Roman play on one of the most important and enduring myths of European intellectual history and a work of exceptional historical and dramatic interest. The verse translation is designed for both performance and serious study.
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Tragic Seneca, Paperback (May 2009)» View all books by A. J. Boyle
'Tragic Seneca' undertakes a radical re-evaluation of Seneca's plays, their relationship to Roman imperial culture and their instrumental role in the evolution of the European theatrical tradition.
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Author Biography - A. J. Boyle
A. J. Boyle is Professor of Classics, University of Southern California.
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