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Self-representation and Illusion in Senecan Tragedy
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Self-representation and Illusion in Senecan Tragedy

C. A. J. Littlewood

Abstract

This book argues that in both literary and ethical aspects, Seneca's tragedies are products of the Neronian age and of a Latin literary tradition. Their relationship with Attic tragedy is mediated, through allusion, by non-dramatic Augustan literature. It is a feature of Neronian literature to engage closely, sometimes destructively, with the texts and ideology of Augustus' golden age. Phaedra finds a rhetoric of desire in elegiac poetry while Hippolytus, innocent of such texts and tropes, finds a pattern for vulnerability in Roman pastoral. Virgil and Ovid inform Seneca's tragic sensibility. ... More

Keywords: Latin literature, Neronian age, Seneca, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267613.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. A. J. Littlewood, author
Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada
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