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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


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


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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