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    Tragedies: Oedipus, Agamemnon, Thyestes, Hercules on Oeta, Octavia v. 2 (Loeb Classical Library) (Hardback)(English / Latin) By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Edited by John G. Fitch

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    DescriptionSeneca is a figure of first importance in both Roman politics and literature: a leading adviser to Nero who attempted to restrain the emperor's megalomania; a prolific moral philosopher; and the author of verse tragedies that strongly influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists. This volume completes the Loeb Classical Library's new two-volume edition of Seneca's tragedies. John Fitch's annotated translation, which faces Latin text, conveys the force of Seneca's dramatic language and the lyric quality of his choral odes. Seneca's plots are based on mythical episodes, in keeping with classical tradition. But the political realities of imperial Rome are also reflected here, in an obsessive concern with power and dominion over others. The "Octavia" is our sole surviving example of a Roman historical play; set at Nero's court, it was probably written by an admirer of Seneca as statesman and dramatist.


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    Title
    Tragedies: Oedipus, Agamemnon, Thyestes, Hercules on Oeta, Octavia v. 2
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Edited by John G. Fitch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 109 mm
    Height: 155 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    Latin
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674996106
    ISBN 10: 0674996100
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
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    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 91
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    DC22: 872.01, 872/.01
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    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000
    LC classification: PA6666.A1 F58 2004
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    Thema V1.0: DSG, DSBB, DCF
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    This second volume of the new Loeb tragedies (the first volume, also by John Fitch, appeared in 2002) is very much in the new style and admirably suited to the new standard. Fitch has long been a major player in Senecan studies, and the vast range of his experience is here put at the service of all comers. They will be very glad of it. The translations are deft, accurate, and extremely readable, while the introductions to each play are significant essays in their own right. Bibliographies are well and fairly compiled, so that even their privileging of work in English seems unexceptionable. Classicists working with Seneca will want to have this edition at hand, while readers with little or no Latin will also soon discover that this is "the" edition of Seneca to use.--Sander M. Goldberg "University of Toronto Quarterly "