Seneca, Volume 1
Are there no limits to human cruelty? Is there any divine justice? Do the gods even matter if they do not occupy themselves with rewarding virtue and punishing wickedness? Seneca's plays might be dismissed as bombastic and extravagant answers to such questions-if so much of human were not "Senecan" in its absurdity, melodrama, and terror. Here is an honest artist confronting the irrationality and cruelty of his world-the Rome of Caligula, Claudius, and Nero-and his art reflects the stress of the encounter. The surprise, perhaps, is that Seneca's world is so like our own.
In these lively renditions into contemporary English, David R. Slavitt does for Seneca what he accomplished for Virgil and Ovid, calling attention to the extraordinary work of a great Latin poet and making it accessible and appealing to modern readers. The volume includes five of Seneca's extant tragedies-Trojan Women, Thyestes, Phaedra, Medea, and Agamemnon-plus a preface.
About the Authors
David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, Hymns of Prudentius, The Latin Eclogues, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2.
"Slavitt's ability is clearly in evidence... These translations are rendered in lucid, contemporary English, bringing before us the atrocities, horrors, and grotesqueries of Imperial Rome."
"Slavitt's translation is... lively and sometimes witty."
"A good, sensational Senecan read."
"The language in these translations [is] as fresh and gleaming as blood just spilled."
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