Humanist Tragedies

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Harvard University Press, Feb 15, 2011 - Drama - 339 pages
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Just as Latin humanist comedy depended heavily upon Plautus and Terence, humanist tragedy drew its inspiration primarily from the nine plays of Seneca. Dramatists also used ancient legends or contemporary history as source material, dramatizing them as Seneca might have done. Some even attempted to outdo Seneca, exaggerating the bloody sensationalism, the bombastic rhetoric, and the insistence on retributive justice for which he was famous. --

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Gary R. Grund is Professor of English Literature, Rhode Island College.

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