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    DescriptionC. A. J. Littlewood approaches Seneca's tragedies as Neronian literature rather than as reworkings of Attic drama, and emphasizes their place in the Roman world and in the Latin literary corpus. The Greek tragic myths are for Seneca mediated by non-dramatic Augustan literature. In literary terms Phaedra's desire, Hippolytus' innocence, and Hercules' ambivalent heroism look back through allusion to Roman elegy, pastoral, and epic respectively. Ethically, the artificiality of Senecan tragedy, the consciousness that its own dramatic worlds, events, and people are literary constructs, responds to the contemporary Stoical dismissal of the public world as mere theatre.

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    Self-representation and Illusion in Senecan Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) C.A.J. Littlewood
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 340
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 518 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199267613
    ISBN 10: 0199267618

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
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    LC classification: PA6690
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    03 June 2004
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    Author Information
    Cedric Littlewood is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada
    Review quote
    [Littlewood's] talent at teasing out subtleties of character and style while keeping an eye on the complex thematic whole makes the book valuable for advanced undergraduates as well as scholars of Latin drama or Neronian Rome. Joy Connolly, Classical World
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction ; 2. The broken world ; 3. Images of a flawed technical genesis ; 4. Meta-theatre and self-consciousness ; 5. Phaedra: intertextuality and innocence