Four Tragedies and Octavia (Paperback)
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Short Description for Four Tragedies and Octavia Dramas by the classical playwright and philosopher are accompanied by a modern work to demonstrate the Roman's impact on the development of the tragedy.
- Published: 31 October 1974
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140441741 ISBN 10: 0140441743
- Sales rank: 81,137
Full description for Four Tragedies and Octavia
Based on the legends used in Greek drama, Seneca's plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the menace of an ancestral curse hanging over two feuding brothers, while Phaedra portrays a woman tormented by fatal passion for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache await their fates at the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal House of Thebes. Octavia is a grim commentary on Nero's tyrannical rule and the execution of his wife, with Seneca himself appearing as an ineffective counsellor attempting to curb the atrocities of the emperor.