Courses: Imperial Latin Literature-Seneca: Tragedies (LATNB640001)

Spring 2014

Class Number: 1289
This is a topics course. Course content varies.; Current Topic Description: Seneca’s tragedies are the only complete tragic plays in Latin that have survived from classical antiquity. After enjoying immense popularity in early modern times and serving as models for such authors as Corneille, Racine, and Shakespeare, they were increasingly criticized in the 19th and for most of the 20th centuries and condemned as either overly rhetorical, and hence essentially unperformable, or as mere vehicles for Stoic doctrine. Fortunately, in the past decades, a much needed re-evaluation of the dramatic qualities of Seneca’s work has taken place. We shall read several Senecan tragedies discussing such aspects as their intertextual and philosophical dimension, their political agenda, the psychology of the characters as well as Seneca’s unique poetic language and style.
Enrollment Limit: 15;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1289


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Meeting Times

T 2:00pm-4:00pm