Scott Smith publishes new translation of Seneca's plays, Sept. 12, 2011
Phaedra and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Seneca (Author), R. Scott Smith (Editor, Translator, Introduction)
Penguin Classics, 2011
From book cover: Living in Rome under Caligula and later serving as a tutor to Nero, Seneca witnessed extremes of human behavior. His shocking and bloodthirsty plays not only reflect a brutal period of history, but also show how guilt, sorrow, anger, and desire lead individuals to violence. The plays in this volume-Hercules Insane, Trojan Women, Phaedra, Oedipus, Thyestes, and Octavia-present both the consequences of reckless human behavior and the cruelties of fate.
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