Seneca: Medea: Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

EditorA. J. Boyle

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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 tragedyis the only dramatic treatment to have survived from imperial Rome intact. It is intellectually and poetically one of the richest of Seneca's plays and theatrically one of his most innovative, spectacular and self-reflective. Its themes include the problematics of power and civilization, thedynamics of "self" and "other", the psychology of action, the determinism of history, the tragic theatre itself. The play's deep influence on the European dramatic, operatic and artistic tradition (and beyond) is only now being fully appreciated. Poets, dramatists, librettists, composers,choreographers, painters, film-makers - including Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Webster, Corneille, Noverre, Cherubini, Mayr, Grillparzer, Turner, Anouilh, Jeffers, Pasolini, Muller, Ripstein, Reimann - exhibit its formal and thematic force.This full-scale critical edition of Seneca's Medea offers a substantial introduction, a new Latin text, an English verse translation designed for both performance and serious study, and a detailed commentary on the play which is exegetic, analytic, and interpretative. The aim throughout has been toelucidate the text dramatically as well as philologically, and to locate the play firmly in its contemporary historical and theatrical context and in the ensuing literary and dramatic tradition.

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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 tragedyis the only dramatic treatment to have survi...

Anthony James Boyle is Professor of Classics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has been editor of the Classical literary journal, Ramus, since its inception in 1972.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199602085

ISBN - 13:9780199602087

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Seneca and Rome2. The Roman Theatre3. The Declamatory Style4. Seneca's Theatre of Violence5. Seneca on Anger6. The Myth before Seneca7. The Play8. The Reception of Seneca's Medea9. Metre10. The TranslationText and TranslationSelective Critical ApparatusDifferences from the 1986 Oxford Classical TextCommentarySelect BibliographyIndexes1. Latin Words2. Passages from Other Plays of the Senecan Tragic Corpus3. General Index