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Jessica Winston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.001.0001

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Senecan Tragedy in Early Elizabethan England

Senecan Tragedy in Early Elizabethan England

(p.149) 6 Senecan Tragedy in Early Elizabethan England
Lawyers at Play

Jessica Winston

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the early Elizabethan translations of the tragedies of Seneca to argue that translators used these to foster personal connections, as well as political expression. The translators Jasper Heywood, Alexander Neville, John Studley, and Thomas Nuce made different sorts of contacts and responded to a number of concerns in their works, a point that is illustrated in discussions of two representative translations, Heywood’s Troas (1559) and Neville’s Oedipus (1563). Before moving to these, the chapter first considers why a generation of men at the universities and Inns were interested specifically in Seneca. This interest grew out of a specific nexus of circumstances: the backgrounds and interests of the translators, the political nature of Seneca’s writings, and the popularity of the contemporary work examined in Chapter 5, the Mirror for Magistrates (1559).

Keywords:   Jasper Heywood, Troas, Thyestes, Alexander Neville, Oedipus, Senecan tragedy, Inns of Court, Seneca, Inns of Court, early Elizabethan

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