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Senecan Tragedy and the Reception of Augustan Poetry

Christopher V. Trinacty


This book investigates selected moments of intertextual dialogue between Seneca’s tragedies and the Augustan poets (focusing on Vergil, Horace, and Ovid) in order to develop a better understanding of Senecan poetics. Seneca acts as a reader of the Augustan tradition and incorporates his interpretation of the poetry of his predecessors in his tragedies. Because tragedy is a mélange of different genres, Seneca believes it to be the most effective genre for commenting on the Augustan tradition as a whole. The first chapter develops Seneca’s hermeneutics of reading, and subsequent chapters explore ... More

Keywords: Seneca, tragedy, reception, intertextuality, genre, Vergil, Horace, Ovid

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199356560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher V. Trinacty, author
Oberlin College

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