Seneca the Younger | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 39 pages of analysis & critique of Seneca the Younger.
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SOURCE: "Seneca's Tragedies: A New Interpretation," in Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, Vol. LXXVI, 1945, pp. 216-45.

Below, Marti contends that modern critical disparagement of Seneca's plays is, in part, the result of inappropriate comparisons with Greek drama. She asserts that Seneca was not attempting to imitate the earlier models, but rather was trying to adapt the "technique of drama to the teaching of philosophy. "

Perhaps no ancient writings have suffered more from the changing tastes of succeeding generations than Seneca's tragedies. Scaliger's extravagant praise of them, "Seneca … quern nullo Graecorum maiestate inferiorem existimo, cultu vero ac nitore etiam Euripide maiorem," is echoed by many of his contemporaries. Modern critics in general find themselves in agreement with Nisard's acid comments on Seneca's "tragédie de recette" and the ingredients of which it is composed. In both periods these extreme positions are due in part to a...

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