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Roman Tragedy - Anthony J. Boyle

Hardcover Published: 6th October 2005
ISBN: 9780415251020
Number Of Pages: 303

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The first detailed cultural and theatrical history of a major literary form, this landmark introduction examines Roman tragedy and its place at the centre of Rome's cultural and political life.

Analyzing the work of such names as Ennius, Pacuvius and Accius, as well as Seneca and his post-Neronian successors, Anthony J. Boyle delves into detailed discussion on every Roman tragedian whose work survives in substance today. Roman Tragedy examines:

  • the history of Roman tragic techniques and conventions

  • the history of generic form and change

  • the debt that Rome owes to Greece, and text owes to text

  • the birth, development and death of Roman tragedy in the context of the cities evolving, institutions, ideologies and political and social practices

  • tragedy proper and the historical drama (fabula praetexta), which the Romans allied to tragedy.

With parallel English translations of Latin quotations, this seminal work not only provides an invaluable resource for students of theatre, Roman political history and cultural history, but it is also accessible to all interested in the social dynamics of writing, spectacle, ideology and power.

Industry Reviews

'To sum up, this book is a well-thought-out and original piece of scholarship, which will advance considerably the debate on these tragedies and enhance their understanding ... I can warmly recommend the book both to experts who wish to have an up-to-date account of the latest studies in Roman tragedy and to undergraduate and graduate students who can mine this useful volume for relevant paper and even dissertation topics.' - Tsoka Aikaterini, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Jan 2007

Prefacep. ix
The birth of Roman dramap. 1
Staging Romep. 3
The evolution of Roman tragedyp. 25
Founding fathers: the appropriation of Greecep. 27
The second wave: generic confidencep. 56
Tragic apex: poetic form and political crisisp. 109
Canonisation and turmoil: the end of the republicp. 143
Roma theatrum: the early empirep. 160
Seneca's tragic theatrep. 189
The death of tragedy at Romep. 219
Tragedy and autocracy: the liberty of silencep. 221
Notesp. 239
Select bibliographyp. 278
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ISBN: 9780415251020
ISBN-10: 0415251028
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 6th October 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.95 x 17.42  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1