Seneca: The Tragedies by Davidr. SenecaSeneca: The Tragedies by Davidr. Seneca

Seneca: The Tragedies

byDavidr. SenecaTranslated byDavid R. Slavitt

Paperback | December 1, 1994

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Are there no limits to human cruelty? Is there any divine justice? Do the gods even matter if they do not occupy themselves with rewarding virtue and punishing wickedness? Seneca's plays might be dismissed as bombastic and extravagant answers to such questions—if so much of human history were not "Senecan" in its absurdity, melodrama, and terror. Here is an honest artist confronting the irrationality and cruelty of his world—the Rome of Caligula, Claudius, and Nero—and his art reflects the stress of the encounter. The surprise, perhaps, is that Seneca's world is so like our own.

David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the "Eclogues" and "Georgics" of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.
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Title:Seneca: The TragediesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press

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ISBN - 10:0801849322

ISBN - 13:9780801849329

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Contents and translators: Octavia, Kelly Cherry • Hercules Oetaeus, Stephen Sandy • Oedipus, Rachel Hadas • The Phoenician Women, David Slavitt • Hercules Furens, Dana Gioia.

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Much more than a simple translation of the biblical book, David Slavitt's Book of Lamentations is an extended meditation on the tragic aspect of Jewish history, culminating in a translation of the original Lamentations..