Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Senecan Tragedy: by Eric Dodson Robinson

By Eric Dodson Robinson

In Brill's better half to the Reception of Senecan Tragedy, Eric Dodson-Robinson contains essays via experts operating throughout disciplines and nationwide literatures right into a refined narrative tracing the varied scholarly, literary and theatrical receptions of Seneca's tragedies. The tragedies, influential in the course of the Roman global way past Seneca's time, plunge into obscurity in past due Antiquity and approximately disappear through the center a long time. Profound outcomes stick with from the rediscovery of a dusty manuscript containing 9 performs attributed to Seneca: it really is seminal to either the renaissance of tragedy and the beginning of Humanism. Canonical Western writers from Antiquity to the current have revisited, reworked, and eviscerated Senecan precedents to increase, in Dodson-Robinson's phrases, "competing tragic visions of supplier and the human position within the universe."

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Pyramus cries out (Met. 110–2): nostra nocens anima est. 53 Seneca has read the story of Pyramus and Thisbe as a tragedy and encourages the reader to reflect upon the final death tableaux of his Phaedra as a dialogue with Ovid’s tale. Any consideration of the two passages results in diminished respect for Theseus. Both Pyramus and Theseus apply their deductive reasoning to the evidence given to them and both come to incorrect conclusions about their guilt. However, Pyramus will commit 50 Tarrant 1995; Schiesaro 2003; Putnam 1995, 246–85; Hinds 2011.

30 For the Elder, the final segment of the tetracolon was nonsense, but he offers it as an example of a decadent sententia, in order that his sons have examples “both of what to imitate and what to avoid” (quid imitandum et quid vitandum sit docemur exemplo, Contr. 27). Thus, Seneca the Younger has taken a moment from his father’s work in which he discusses imitatio for his own imitation and finds within the words further significance for his tragedy, as the sun famously withdrew from the sky when Thyestes ate his children.

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