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Six Tragedies

Seneca
Translated by Emily Wilson

January 2010

ISBN: 9780192807069

288 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

This is a lively, readable and accurate verse translation of the six best plays by one of the most influential of all classical Latin writers. The volume includes Phaedra, Oedipus, Medea, Trojan Women, Hercules Furens, and Thyestes, together with an invaluable introduction and notes.

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This is a lively, readable and accurate verse translation of the six best plays by one of the most influential of all classical Latin writers. The volume includes Phaedra, Oedipus, Medea, Trojan Women, Hercules Furens, and Thyestes, together with an invaluable introduction and notes.

  • The fullest single-volume verse translation of Seneca's tragedies, this edition includes six major plays by one of the most prolific, versatile, and influential of all classical Latin writers.
  • Seneca is a writer for uncertain and violent times, whose plays are the product of a sensational and frightening period of history, and whose themes resonate today.
  • Emily Wilson's new translation is lively, readable, and accurate, and corresponds line-for-line to Seneca's Latin.
  • The Introduction provides a succinct account of Seneca's life and times, his philosophical beliefs, the literary form of the plays and their immense influence on European literature.
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography and explanatory notes which identify mythological allusions.

About the Author(s)

Seneca

Translated by Emily Wilson, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

    Phaedra
    Oedipus
    Medea
    Trojan Women
    Hercules Furens
    Thyestes

Reviews

"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