The Cambridge Companion to Seneca

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Shadi Bartsch, Alessandro Schiesaro
Cambridge University Press, Feb 16, 2015 - Drama - 361 pages
The Roman statesman, philosopher, and playwright Lucius Annaeus Seneca dramatically influenced the progression of Western thought. His works have had an unparalleled impact on the development of ethical theory, shaping a code of behavior for dealing with tyranny in his own age that endures today. This companion thoroughly examines the complete Senecan corpus, with special emphasis on the aspects of his writings that have challenged interpretation. The authors place Seneca in the context of the ancient world and trace his impressive legacy in literature, art, religion, and politics from Neronian Rome to the early modern period. Through critical discussion of the recent proliferation of Senecan studies, this volume compellingly illustrates how the perception of Seneca and his particular type of Stoicism has evolved over time. It provides a comprehensive overview that will benefit students and scholars in classics, comparative literature, history, philosophy, and political theory, as well as general readers.
 

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Contents

The Phases and Phrases of Senecas
15
Senecan Tragedy
29
Philosophy and Friendship
41
The Dialogue in Senecas Dialogues and Other Moral Essays
54
De Clementia
68
Senecas Scientific Works
82
Censors in the Afterworld
93
Seneca and Augustan Culture
109
Senecan Selves
187
Senecas Shame
199
Theory and Practice in Senecas Writings
212
Senecas Originality
224
The Allure of the Other
239
Seneca and the Ancient World
255
Seneca and the Christian Tradition
266
Senecan Political Thought from the Middle Ages to Early Modernity
289

In the Mirror of Time
122
Style and Form in Senecas Writing
135
Senecas Images and Metaphors
150
Theater and Theatricality in Senecas World
161
Senecan Emotions
174
Seneca and the Moderns
303
General Bibliography
319
Index
347
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Shadi Bartsch is Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius (1989); Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian (1994); Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan's Civil War (1998); The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006); and the forthcoming Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural.

Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Literature at Sapienza University of Rome. He is the author of The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama (2003) and the co-editor, with Thomas Habinek, of The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997).

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