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    DescriptionPhaedra * Oedipus * Medea * Trojan Women * Hercules Furens * Thyestes Seneca's plays are the product of a sensational, frightening, and oppressive period of history. Tutor to the emperor Nero, Seneca lived through uncertain and violent times, and his dramas depict the extremes of human behaviour. Rape, suicide, child-killing, incestuous love, madness and mutilation afflict the characters, who are obsessed and destroyed by their feelings. Passion is constantly set against reason, and passion wins out. Seneca forces us to think about the difference between compromise and hypocrisy, about what happens when emotions overwhelm judgement, and about how, if at all, a person can be good, calm, or happy in a corrupt society and under constant threat of death. Seneca was one of the most prolific, versatile, and influential of all classical Latin writers, and the only tragic playwright from ancient Rome whose work survives. This new edition of his six best plays captures Seneca's style in a verse translation that is both lively and accurate. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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    Six Tragedies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Seneca, Translated by Emily Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 215 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192807069
    ISBN 10: 0192807064

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    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    28 February 2010
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    Author Information
    Emily Wilson is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Review quote
    I am awstruck by how good this is Times Literary Supplement, A. N. Wilson's Book of The Year, 3/12/2010 Wilson catches the beauty of their descriptive passages with simple felicity. TLS, A fine new translation. William Fitzgerald, Times Literary Supplement This edition of Seneca's tragedies is fresh, affordable, and teachable. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    Phaedra ; Oedipus ; Medea ; Trojan Women ; Hercules Furens ; Thyestes