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Seneca and neo-Latin tragedy in England.

J. W. Binns

Seneca and neo-Latin tragedy in England.

by J. W. Binns

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Published by Routledge & K. Paul in London, Boston .
Written in English


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From: Costa (C.D.N.), ed. Seneca ... London, 1974, pp. 205-234.

The Physical Object
Paginationp.p. 205-234
Number of Pages234
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Open LibraryOL21701595M

  Ghosts are one of the most salient features of Seneca's tragedies, along with horrible acts of revenge, cruel, megalomaniacal tyrant figures. All these elements exert significant influence on Renaissance tragedy. Imago vitae suae / Miriam T. Griffin --Form and content in the Moral essays / J.R.G. Wright --Letters to Lucilius / D.A. Russell --The tragedies / C.D.N. Costa --Seneca's philosophical influence / G.M. Ross --Seneca and English tragedy / G.K. Hunter --Seneca and neo-Latin tragedy in England / J.W. Binns. Series Title: Greek and Latin studies.

The myth of the sorceress Medea, who, abandoned by her Argonaut husband Jason, killed their children in revenge, has exerted a continuous impact on European writers and artists from classical Greece to the present day. The ancient Romans were especially drawn to the myth, but Seneca's tragedy is the only dramatic treatment to have survived from imperial Rome g: England. France, in Italy, and in England, Classical tragedy means the ten Latin plays of Seneca, not Aeschylus, 1 Selected Essays * For Seneca's plays see esp. LJ. Herington Arion 5, , A.J. Boyle Ra 3 For Seneca and Shakespeare see esp. R.S. Miola Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy - The Influence of.

Introduction. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (b. c. 4 BCE –d. 65 CE), also known as Seneca the Younger to distinguish him from his father, the rhetorician, was born into an elite Spanish family and educated at was renowned for his oratory and writings and as a . For example, the books by Alessandro Schiesaro (The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama (Cambridge, )) and Cedric Littlewood (Self-representation and Illusion in Senecan Tragedy (Oxford, )), throw light on Seneca's tragic poetics in areas that Staley's book does not touch upon, and will strike some readers as Missing: England.


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Accordingly, a large part of Seneca is devoted to this later influence at the deliberate expense of not covering all of Seneca’s less familiar works.

The Moral Essays, the tragedies and the letters to Lucilius are examined by the contributors, who also discuss Seneca’s philosophical influence and the Senecan heritage in English and neo-Latin : Costa C.D.N.

Christopher Trinacty's Senecan Tragedy and the Reception of Augustan Poetry is the long-awaited answer to the call for such a study. Senecan Tragedy and the Reception of Augustan Poetry uniquely places Senecan tragedy in its Roman literary context, offering a further dimension to the motivations and meaning behind Seneca's by: Buy Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy by Staley, Gregory Allan (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

Free UK delivery on eligible orders.5/5(1). Senecan tragedy allows evil to triumph, but it Seneca and neo-Latin tragedy in England. book explores the ironies of victimhood, guilt, the role of fate in suffering and the operation of “classic” Roman virtues, courage (virtus) and duty (pietas) in the face of chapter focuses on three works in particular Medea, Thyestes, and Hercules Furens to sketch the major critical approaches to its interpretation and offer some.

In their practice of aemulatio, the mimicry of older models of writing, the Augustan poets often looked to the Greeks: Horace drew inspiration from the lyric poets, Virgil from Homer, and Ovid from Hesiod, Callimachus, and others.

But by the time of the great Roman tragedian Seneca, the Augustan poets had supplanted the Greeks as the classics to which Seneca and his contemporaries g: England.

Staley's reading of Seneca's plays draws on current scholarship about Stoicism as well as on the writings of Renaissance authors like Sir Philip Sidney, who borrowed from Seneca the word "idea" to designate what we would now label as a "theory" of tragedy.

Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy will appeal broadly to students and scholars of classics Missing: England. Book description. The Roman statesman, philosopher and playwright Lucius Annaeus Seneca dramatically influenced the progression of Western thought.

His works have had an unparalleled impact on the development of ethical theory, shaping a code of behavior for dealing with tyranny in his own age that endures today. Senecan tragedy, body of nine closet dramas (i.e., plays intended to be read rather than performed), written in blank verse by the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca in the 1st century ad.

Rediscovered by Italian humanists in the midth century, they became the models for the revival of tragedy on the Renaissance g: England. Moreover, Seneca's tragedies were probably written to be recited at elite gatherings, due to their extensive narrative accounts of action, dwelling on reports of horrible deeds, and employing long reflective soliloquies.

Usually, the Senecan tragedy focuses heavily on supernatural elements. The gods rarely appear, but ghosts and witches abound. The Spanish Tragedy contains paraphrases of passages from Seneca (e.g. Act III, Sc. i,an adaptation of Agam.

), but these do not show clearly the influence of the translations, and the Latin quotations from Seneca which abound in Act III, Sc. xiii of the same play indicate that Kyd may have gone straight to the original. Pantomime was arguably the most popular dramatic genre during the Roman Empire, but has been relatively neglected by literary 's Tragedies and the Aesthetics of Pantomime adds to our understanding of Seneca's tragic art by demonstrating that elements which have long puzzled scholars can be attributed to the influence of pantomime.

The work argues that certain formal features. This volume, first published inoffers a selection of modern perspectives on Seneca, covering his prose treatises, his letters and his tragedies.

For centuries literary and philosophical circles had to take Seneca seriously, even if they could not always respect him, and although his reputatiMissing: England.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65), also known as Seneca the Younger or simply Seneca (/ ˈsɛnɪkə /), was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work— satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature. Seneca was born in Corduba in Hispania, and raised in Rome, where he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy.

"This book does valuable service to readers of Seneca's tragedies and prose works. It also offers a number of stimulating points of departure for further exploration of where Seneca fits into larger narratives regarding the ancient philosophical schools' literary theories, the cultural functions of Latin literature, and the reception of classical literature in the English Renaissance.

OVERVIEWS AND GENERAL STUDIES Binns, J.W. "Seneca and Neo-Latin Tragedy in England." In Seneca, edited by C. Costa, pp. London: Rout-ledge & Kegan Paul, Looks at three.

Accordingly, a large part of Seneca is devoted to this later influence at the deliberate expense of not covering all of Seneca's less familiar works.

The Moral Essays, the tragedies and the letters to Lucilius are examined by the contributors, who also discuss Seneca's philosophical influence and the Senecan heritage in English and neo-Latin literature. The next chapter focuses on the English translations of Seneca’s tragedy between and Subsequent chapters discuss the four extant Inns of Court tragedies performed in the sixteenth century, Legge’s Richard Tertius and Alabaster’s Roxana performed in Latin at Cambridge University, and Gager’s three extant Neo-Latin tragedies performed at Oxford University.

Senecan tragedy refers to a set of ancient Roman tragedies. Ten of these plays exist, of which, most likely, eight were written by the stoic philosopher and pol. Staley's reading of Seneca's plays draws on current scholarship about Stoicism as well as on the writings of Renaissance authors like Sir Philip Sidney, who borrowed from Seneca the word "idea" to designate what we would now label as a "theory" of tragedy.

Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy will appeal broadly to students and scholars of classics. Here is a lively, readable, and accurate verse translation of the six best plays by one of the most influential of all classical Latin writers--the only tragic playwright from ancient Rome whose work survives.

Tutor to the emperor Nero, Seneca lived through uncertain, oppressive, and violent times, and his dramas depict the extremes of human g: England. Seneca became the pre-eminent stylistic model for neo-Latin tragedy, regularly performed in universities across Europe. Rhetorical training was an important part of the humanist curriculum, and Seneca’s verbal density made his style particularly useful for teaching the basic principles of delivery, or actio.A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy delves into Seneca's work, granting him a brief biography, going over choice writings of his text, mapping important vocabulary, and much more to better understand the Latin language and command a better mastery of Reviews: 1.This chapter examines the early Elizabethan translations of the tragedies of Seneca to argue that translators used these to foster personal connections, as well as political expression.

The translators Jasper Heywood, Alexander Neville, John Studley, and Thomas Nuce made different sorts of contacts and responded to a number of concerns in their works, a point that is illustrated in discussions.