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Phaedra And Other Plays



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Vivid new translations of Seneca's tragic masterpieces.

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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