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The Cambridge Companion to Seneca

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Shadi Bartsch, Alessandro Schiesaro, Susanna Braund, Christopher Trinacty, Catharine Edwards, Matthew Roller, Malcolm Schofield, Francesca Romana Berno, Kirk Freudenburg, James Ker, Victoria Rimell, Gareth Williams, Mireille Armisen-Marchetti, Cedric A. J. Littlewood, David Konstan, David Wray, Carey Seal, Elizabeth Asmis, Aldo Setaioli, Chiara Torre, Roland Mayer, Peter Stacey, Francesco Citti
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035058

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  • The Roman statesman, philosopher and playwright Lucius Annaeus Seneca dramatically influenced the progression of Western thought. His works have had an unparalleled impact on the development of ethical theory, shaping a code of behavior for dealing with tyranny in his own age that endures today. This Companion thoroughly examines the complete Senecan corpus, with special emphasis on the aspects of his writings that have challenged interpretation. The authors place Seneca in the context of the ancient world and trace his impressive legacy in literature, art, religion, and politics from Neronian Rome to the early modern period. Through critical discussion of the recent proliferation of Senecan studies, this volume compellingly illustrates how the perception of Seneca and his particular type of Stoicism has evolved over time. It provides a comprehensive overview that will benefit students and scholars in classics, comparative literature, history, philosophy and political theory, as well as general readers.

    • Provides extensive coverage of the impact and influence of Seneca's work from his own age to the present
    • Features contributions from authors that represent a wide variety of traditions and cultural backgrounds
    • Offers a judicious blend of information and up-to-date critical assessment
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    '… [a] wonderful volume … Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.' A. M. Busch, Choice

    'The Cambridge Companion to Seneca is a remarkable achievement, which has much to offer to advanced students and confirmed scholars looking for useful syntheses and suggestive, in-depth interpretations of the many aspects of this dazzling corpus.' François Prost, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035058
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Seneca: an introduction Shadi Bartsch and Alessandro Schiesaro
    Part I. The Senecan Corpus:
    2. Seneca multiplex: the phases (and phrases) of Seneca's life and works Susanna Braund
    3. Senecan tragedy Christopher Trinacty
    4. Absent presence in Seneca's Epistles: philosophy and friendship Catharine Edwards
    5. The dialogue in Seneca's Dialogues (and other moral essays) Matthew Roller
    6. Seneca on monarchy and the political life: De Clementia, De Tranquillitate Animi, De Otio Malcolm Schofield
    7. Seneca's scientific works Francesca Romana Berno
    8. Seneca's Apocolocyntosis: censors in the afterworld Kirk Freudenburg
    Part II. Texts and Contexts:
    9. Seneca and Augustan culture James Ker
    10. Seneca and Neronian Rome: in the mirror of time Victoria Rimell
    11. Style and form in Seneca's writings Gareth Williams
    12. Seneca's images and metaphors Mireille Armisen-Marchetti
    13. Theater and theatricality in Seneca's world Cedric A. J. Littlewood
    14. Seneca's emotions David Konstan
    Part III. Senecan Tensions:
    15. Senecan selves Shadi Bartsch
    16. Seneca's shame David Wray
    17. Theory and practice in Seneca's life and writings Carey Seal
    18. Seneca's originality Elizabeth Asmis
    19. Seneca and Epicurus: the allure of the other Alessandro Schiesaro
    Part IV. The Senecan Tradition:
    20. Seneca and the ancient world Aldo Setaioli
    21. Seneca and Christian tradition Chiara Torre
    22. Seneca redivivus: Seneca in the medieval and Renaissance world Roland Mayer
    23. Senecan political thought from the Middle Ages to early modernity Peter Stacey
    24. Seneca and the Moderns Francesco Citti.

  • Editors

    Shadi Bartsch, University of Chicago
    Shadi Bartsch is Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius (1989); Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian (1994); Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan's Civil War (1998); The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006); and the forthcoming Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural.

    Alessandro Schiesaro, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza', Italy
    Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Literature at Sapienza University of Rome. He is the author of The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama (2003) and the co-editor, with Thomas Habinek, of The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997).

    Contributors

    Shadi Bartsch, Alessandro Schiesaro, Susanna Braund, Christopher Trinacty, Catharine Edwards, Matthew Roller, Malcolm Schofield, Francesca Romana Berno, Kirk Freudenburg, James Ker, Victoria Rimell, Gareth Williams, Mireille Armisen-Marchetti, Cedric A. J. Littlewood, David Konstan, David Wray, Carey Seal, Elizabeth Asmis, Aldo Setaioli, Chiara Torre, Roland Mayer, Peter Stacey, Francesco Citti

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