Seneca: Thyestes

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Duckworth Publishers, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 172 pages
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Written in Nero’s Rome in about A.D. 62, Seneca’s Thyestes is one of the greatest and most influential of classical tragedies. As the bloodiest work in the Greco-Roman canon, Thyestes was long reviled for its depiction of savage violence and for its representation of human bestiality. Peter Davis argues that the play needs to be understood as the response of a major politician, philosopher and tragic poet to the increasingly tyrannical rule of the emperor. In this companion he explores key aspects of the pay, including the circumstances of its composition, its performance history and its impact on subsequent dramatists, including Shakespeare and Jonson.

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Davis' analysis of the most gruesome play to survive from the ancient world is excellent. Of particular interest are his chapters analysing the role of Thyestes in the play and his notes on the chorus ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Peter J. Davis is associate professor and Head of Classics in the School of History and Classics at the University of Tasmania. He has published on a variety of Latin authors, including Calpurnius Siculus, Horace, Ovid, Seneca, Statius and Virgil. He is the author of Shifting Song: the Chorus in Senecarsquo;s Tragedies (1993).

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