Four Tragedies and Octavia Thyestes Phaedra Troades Oedipus Octavia Based on the legends used in Greek drama Seneca s plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty en

  • Title: Four Tragedies and Octavia (Thyestes, Phaedra, Troades, Oedipus, Octavia)
  • Author: Seneca E.F. Watling
  • ISBN: 9780140441741
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on the legends used in Greek drama, Seneca s plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty ends Thyestes depicts the menace of an ancestral curse hanging over two feuding brothers, while Phaedra portrays a woman tormented by fatal passion for her stepson In The TrojBased on the legends used in Greek drama, Seneca s plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty ends Thyestes depicts the menace of an ancestral curse hanging over two feuding brothers, while Phaedra portrays a woman tormented by fatal passion for her stepson In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache await their fates at the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal House of Thebes Octavia is a grim commentary on Nero s tyrannical rule and the execution of his wife, with Seneca himself appearing as an ineffective counsellor attempting to curb the atrocities of the emperor.

    Four Great Tragedies Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth Four tragedies written by William Shakespeare are provided in this quite portable book Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth all share the pages and are edited by four different people, one for each play. Four Tragedies and Octavia Penguin Classics Seneca, E Four Tragedies and Octavia Penguin Classics Seneca, E F Watling on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Based on the legends used in Greek drama, Seneca s plays are notable for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous events are foretold and then pursued to their tragic and often bloodthirsty ends Thyestes depicts the menace of an ancestral curse hanging over two Tragedy Tragedy from the Greek , trag idia is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences While many cultures have developed forms that provoke this paradoxical response, the term tragedy often refers to a specific tradition of drama that has played a unique and important role historically in the self definition of Coriolanus Coriolanus k r i l e n s or l is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between and .The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus.The tragedy is one of the last two tragedies written by Shakespeare, along with Antony and Cleopatra. Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his Details That Make History s Worst Tragedies Even Worse Jan , We like to imagine that we learn from our tragedies that when the worst moment comes, people change their ways and start working together to make things right But sometimes, even after the catastrophe is over, the tragedy continues People get swept up in the havoc and chaos of the moment and do Roman Decadence by Sanderson Beck BECK index Roman Decadence Caligula Claudius Nero Seneca s Tragedies Seneca s Stoic Ethics Judean and Roman Wars Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed May , Zai Deshields, , at her home in Stone Mountain, Ga this week Last week she pulled a handgun out of a backpack at her grandmother s home in Arlington, Tex and shot her uncle in the leg. Four Corners Brendon Daniels FARAKHAN Brendan Daniels grew up in the Cape Flats and moved into acting in film, theatre and then television in Four Corners is Brendon s first lead role in a feature film. Paranormal Events Linked To Mass Tragedies Listverse Oct , We all are accustomed to tales of supposed hauntings after private tragedies the jilted bride appearing in her wedding dress even though she threw herself out of a window years before the victim trying to communicate their distress years Shakespeare s Plays Shakespeare s Plays Before the publication of the First Folio in , nineteen of the thirty seven plays in Shakespeare s canon had appeared in quarto format With the exception of Othello , all of the quartos were published prior to the date of Shakespeare s retirement from the theatre in about It is unlikely that Shakespeare was involved directly with the printing of any of his

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    1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a tutor and advisor to the Emperor Nero, the foremost Stoic philosopher of his age, and the author of highly rhetorical tragedies, filled with horror and revenge, which would later profoundly influence the playwrights of the Elizabethan era. Many who have studied both his consolatory essays and his plays have had difficulty reconciling the philosopher with the dramatist. How could the serene man of these wise essays also be the writer of those overwrought verses decorat [...]

    2. I grew my beard out and wore my mourning toga while I read these plays. Seneca doesn't hold back, does he? He seemed to enjoy describing the gory moments more than the greeks did. Here are some parts that I liked a lot:"[Enter Phaedra] THESEUS: What is this madness, woman, crazed with grief, Why come you with a sword and loud lament Over a body which you hate? PHAEDRA: On me, On me let the deep ocean’s angry lord Let fall his wrath! Let all the blue sea’s monsters, All that were ever brough [...]

    3. Seneca's tragedies are principally derided for their quality of seeming to consist entirely of monologues. This is a slight exaggeration - there is some excellent repartee on display, and besides, the monologues are finely crafted, not nearly as overwrought or full of rhetorical verbiage as some would have you believe. In fact, the reason why these are probably not highly regarded anymore is because the rhetoric encases Stoic wisdom. Stoicism, with its distrust of the emotions, hardly seems the [...]

    4. This is not a corner of literature into which people wander by mistake or for a lark; if you're reading this book, you're an aficionado or, more likely, a student. Which is as it should be, because these plays are all irritatingly padded out with really dull, academic-feeling displays of mythological literacy. But the dramas themselves are actually entertainingly over-the-top in their depiction of terrible events - usually gory and involving the murder of children. The heightened (and not always [...]

    5. I bought this book mainly because it had a play about people that Seneca would have known, "Octavia." Unfortunately, as the introduction explains, Seneca could not have written it.Also, I was sorely disappointed that, as the introduction also explains, these tragedies would not have been performed before Roman audiences. Rather, they would have been read and recited at small gatherings of the leisured classes.Having said all that, this collection contains tragedies that very effectively observe [...]

    6. Originally published on my blog here in July 1999.ThyestesSeneca's tragedies had a similar influence on sixteenth century tragedy to that of Plautus on the comedy of the same period. Yet Seneca's reputation has suffered a comparative eclipse since then, and is now (as Watling observes) the first century Latin writer least likely to be known to modern readers.Thyestes illustrates some of the reasons for this quite clearly (as do other plays in this volume). It differs from the other tragedies tra [...]

    7. 27. FOUR TRAGEDIES AND OCTAVIA. (c. 30A.D.) Seneca. ****.These tragedies of Seneca (4B.C. – 65 A.D.) are like none others that have come down to us from the Roman theater. E. F. Watling, the translator and writer of the introduction, believes that these plays were never performed on stage. Although their lines were a good source of quotations – especially for Elizabethan playwrights – they were almost too difficult to actually stage. It seems that Seneca dwelt closely with the macabre and [...]

    8. Seneca does for theatre what Leopardi does for me with poetry. Perhaps I should seriously consider staging these plays should I come upon some recognition.

    9. It's so hard for me to judge these plays on their own merit. I think I enjoyed "Thyestes" the most because its Greek counterparts haven't survived thus it's easier to appreciate its strengths. The play succeeds in horrifying the reader/audience (learn from my mistake and avoid snacking while reading). Euripides' "Hippolytus" is underrated in my opinion; Seneca's "Phaedra" on the other hand its divergence from the plot of Euripides' tragedy leads to a much less sympathetic Phaedra hence less effe [...]

    10. Listening to the In Our Time on Agrippina reminded me that I hadn't read Seneca's Octavia for years and had forgotten much of it. Seneca is not admired as a dramatist any more (he was in the Elizabethan period), but this is a short play and by picking up the horrors of Octavia's life it does pick out the considerable pathos. It is one of the few texts in which the obvious questions around the parentage of Messalina's children are raised as surely they must have been:l.532ff Ner.Incesta genetrix [...]

    11. For the uninitiated reader, these are curious plays. There should be no surprise that there is misfortune in self-styled tragedies, but the extravagance of the gore and breast-beating is such that it seems as though Seneca revels in the diasters taking place. This may fit with the underlying themes that inevitable tragedy befalls the mighty, and that lower people should enjoy the freedoms and the lack of responsibility and fear that come with power (see the ruminations of Atreus and Hippolytus). [...]

    12. Seneca's tragedies are often overlooked in favour of the great Greek tragedies upon which his own work is based. While this is understandable, there is much merit to be found in Seneca's dramas - melodramatic, over-the-top merit, but merit nonetheless. He really captures the horror and the gleeful violence of these well-known stories.The Octavia, actually by pseudo-Seneca, sits uneasily with the other plays in this selection. It is a story that could easily be portrayed as high tragedy, but here [...]

    13. The main reason I have read Seneca was for a class that I am taking in university. The first play, Thyestes, has been my favorite so far. Seneca has a talent of being illusive and yet bold at the same time. There is also alot of classical imagery which he uses that, unless you know your greek myth, takes a little background information. However even without the greek myth information the plays are still captivating and easy to follow.

    14. You can see my thoughts on Seneca in these reviews of other translations: /review/show/review/showOverall, I think this is a good working translation with an informative preface. I like the examples of Elizabethan translations at the end.

    15. stylistically different to the playwirghts I've been reading. A touch violent for violence's sake but excellent adaptions of the older Greek stuff and philosophically well worth reading (trying to read in his Stoicism is kinda hard)

    16. Seneca took from the Greek plays and interjected something more Roman. I still prefer the Greek plays but I am cutting hairs.

    17. So creepy and yet so amazing. If you're looking for plot, stick with the Greek versions, but if you want the emotional shock, horror, and awe, go with Seneca.

    18. I was disappointed by Seneca's dramas. I don't feel that he contributed anything to the stories.

    19. Not a bad book, but not as fine as other classical works either. Many ideas have been repeated in the tragedies: The chorus in Thyestes and Phaedra speak a lot of things that have been already spoken. A lot of references have been drawn too, so you might feel a bit uncomfortable if you don't know your classical mythology well and also if you don't remember the map of Ancient Greece. Ah! And the references haven't been explained in the book itself, so you might have to googe every now and then if [...]

    20. Seneca was tutor to Nero and we can see in these sometimes bizarre, but always compelling, tragedies an attempt to educate the young emperor in the lessons of good rulership: the fragility of power, the importance of clemency, the concern with the ethics of a good life (and death) reappear again and again.But Seneca is also writing himself belatedly into an essentially Greek tradition, and the intertextual readings of epic and tragedy are crucial to an understanding of these plays. Negotiating t [...]

    21. i actually only read the play Octavia but couldn't find it on here but this is the book i read it out of, so it'll have to do!!! i really loved this actually, after getting all the historical pre context from my prof and having him analyze it with us in class it was such a great read that was full of murder and betrayal i feel so awful saying i loved it oopsies hahahah

    22. Dos cosas le gustan a Séneca: los aforismos y despedazar gente; a los romanos, casarse y matarse entre familia.

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