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The Senecan Aesthetic: A Performance History

Helen Slaney


The tragedies of imperial Roman playwright Lucius Annaeus Seneca have profoundly influenced the dramaturgical development of European theatre. This book surveys the ways in which Senecan tragedy has been staged from the Renaissance up to the present day. The senecan aesthetic, a theatrical mode that depended more upon vocal dynamics than on visual verisimilitude, treated its public more as audience than as spectators. It flourished while theatre itself remained a fundamentally aural domain. Senecan tragedy was a major resource for neo-Latin university declamation, the blood-soaked revenge trag ... More

Keywords: Seneca, tragedy, theatre, drama, performance, dramaturgy, Latin, Roman, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Slaney, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, University of Oxford