Here's a energetic, readable, and exact verse translation of the six top performs through the most influential of all classical Latin writers--the purely tragic playwright from historic Rome whose paintings survives. train to the emperor Nero, Seneca lived via doubtful, oppressive, and violent instances, and his dramas depict the extremes of human habit. Rape, suicide, child-murder, incestuous love, insanity, and mutilation afflict the characters, who're obsessed and destroyed by way of their emotions. Seneca forces us to consider the variation among compromise and hypocrisy, approximately what occurs whilst feelings crush judgment, and approximately how anyone will be solid, calm, or satisfied in a corrupt society and below consistent chance of loss of life. as well as her really good translation, Emily Wilson presents a useful creation which deals a succinct account of Seneca's lifestyles and instances, his philosophical ideals, the literary type of the performs, and their massive effect on ecu literature. The publication additionally comprises an up to date bibliography and explanatory notes which establish mythological allusions.
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