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Phaedra

By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca , Translated by Frederick Ahl

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Ahl's translations of three Senecan tragedies will gratify and challenge readers and performers. With stage performance specifically in mind, Ah1 renders Seneca's dramatic force in a modern idiom and style that move easily between formality and colloquialism as the text demands, and he strives to reproduce the richness of the original Latin, to retain the poetic form, images, wordplays, enigmas, paradoxes, and dark humor of Seneca's tragedies.Here is a moving and accomplished translation of this complex play dealing the the violent passions stirred by innocence and beauty and the terrible power of ideology, hatred, and misunderstanding.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 10.16mm | 249.47g
  • 17 Oct 1986
  • Cornell University Press
  • Ithaca
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0801494338
  • 9780801494338
  • 1,746,665

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Ahl's translations reveal a genuine, imaginative response to the playwright. His work has a coherent dramatic shape and the quality of lyrical fantasy characteristic of Senecan language. I do not think a translator can come closer to being 'Senecan.' Eleanor Winsor Leach, Department of Classical Studies, Indiana University

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