The Roman statesman, philosopher and playwright Lucius Annaeus Seneca dramatically influenced the progression of Western thought. His works have had an unparalleled impact on the development of ethical theory, shaping a code of behavior for dealing with tyranny in his own age that endures today. This Companion thoroughly examines the complete Senecan corpus, with special emphasis on the aspects of his writings that have challenged interpretation. The authors place Seneca in the context of the ancient world and trace his impressive legacy in literature, art, religion, and politics from Neronian Rome to the early modern period. Through critical discussion of the recent proliferation of Senecan studies, this volume compellingly illustrates how the perception of Seneca and his particular type of Stoicism has evolved over time. It provides a comprehensive overview that will benefit students and scholars in classics, comparative literature, history, philosophy and political theory, as well as general readers.
Shadi Bartsch is Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius (1989); Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian (1994); Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan's Civil War (1998); The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006); and the forthcoming Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural. Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Literature at Sapienza University of Rome. He is the author of The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama (2003) and the co-editor, with Thomas Habinek, of The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997).
1. Seneca: an introduction Shadi Bartsch and Alessandro Schiesaro; Part I. The Senecan Corpus: 2. Seneca multiplex: the phases (and phrases) of Seneca's life and works Susanna Braund; 3. Senecan tragedy Christopher Trinacty; 4. Absent presence in Seneca's Epistles: philosophy and friendship Catharine Edwards; 5. The dialogue in Seneca's Dialogues (and other moral essays) Matthew Roller; 6. Seneca on monarchy and the political life: De Clementia, De Tranquillitate Animi, De Otio Malcolm Schofield; 7. Seneca's scientific works Francesca Romana Berno; 8. Seneca's Apocolocyntosis: censors in the afterworld Kirk Freudenburg; Part II. Texts and Contexts: 9. Seneca and Augustan culture James Ker; 10. Seneca and Neronian Rome: in the mirror of time Victoria Rimell; 11. Style and form in Seneca's writings Gareth Williams; 12. Seneca's images and metaphors Mireille Armisen-Marchetti; 13. Theater and theatricality in Seneca's world Cedric A. J. Littlewood; 14. Seneca's emotions David Konstan; Part III. Senecan Tensions: 15. Senecan selves Shadi Bartsch; 16. Seneca's shame David Wray; 17. Theory and practice in Seneca's life and writings Carey Seal; 18. Seneca's originality Elizabeth Asmis; 19. Seneca and Epicurus: the allure of the other Alessandro Schiesaro; Part IV. The Senecan Tradition: 20. Seneca and the ancient world Aldo Setaioli; 21. Seneca and Christian tradition Chiara Torre; 22. Seneca redivivus: Seneca in the medieval and Renaissance world Roland Mayer; 23. Senecan political thought from the Middle Ages to early modernity Peter Stacey; 24. Seneca and the Moderns Francesco Citti.
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