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Phaedra and Other Plays

Phaedra and Other Plays (Paperback)

By Seneca
Translated by Smith, R. Scott

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Living in Rome under Caligula and later a tutor to Nero, Seneca witnessed the extremes of human behaviour. His shocking and bloodthirsty plays not only reflect a brutal period of history but also show how guilt, sorrow, anger and desire lead individuals to violence. The hero of '...Hercules Insane' saves his own family from slaughter, only to commit further atrocities when he goes mad. The horrifying death of Astyanax is recounted in Trojan Women, and Phaedra deals with forbidden love. In Oedipus a nervous man discovers himself, while Thyestes recounts the bitter family struggle for a crown. Of uncertain authorship, Octavia dramatizes Nero's divorce from his wife and her deportation. The only Latin tragedies to have survived complete, these plays are masterpieces of vibrant, muscular language and psychological insight.
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ISBN 9780140455519
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
Language English (translated from: Latin)
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780140455519
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Language English
Translated from Latin
Author(s) By Seneca
Translated by Smith, R. Scott
Category Literary Studies: Classical, Early & Medieval
Plays & Playwrights
Drama Texts, Plays
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 872.01
Weight 269g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, Oedipus (Greek mythology), Hecuba (Legendary character), Hercules (Roman mythology), Phaedra (Greek mythology)
NBS Text Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
ONIX Text General/trade