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Senecan tragedy and the reception of Augustan poetry by Christopher V. Trinacty (review)

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Senecan Tragedy and the Reception of Augustan Poetry is primarily a study of the tragedies of the Latin author Seneca the Younger (4BCE–65CE), although the first chapter also reads some of his moral-philosophical Epistles. It argues that Seneca’s tragic poetics depend on a system of intertextual references to the works of the Augustan poets who were considered canonical by Seneca’s lifetime—in particular, Virgil, Horace, and Ovid. Trinacty gives many detailed examples of Seneca’s reworking a quotation from an Augustan poet over the course of a tragedy, recontexualizing the original until its meaning is irrevocably altered; “intertextuality,” he writes, “works hand in hand with Seneca’s tragic poetics to interrogate the very meaning of the language itself” (185).

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Willis, I. (2015). Senecan tragedy and the reception of Augustan poetry by Christopher V. Trinacty (review). Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, 7 121-123.

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 121

End Page


  • 123

Volume


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Senecan Tragedy and the Reception of Augustan Poetry is primarily a study of the tragedies of the Latin author Seneca the Younger (4BCE–65CE), although the first chapter also reads some of his moral-philosophical Epistles. It argues that Seneca’s tragic poetics depend on a system of intertextual references to the works of the Augustan poets who were considered canonical by Seneca’s lifetime—in particular, Virgil, Horace, and Ovid. Trinacty gives many detailed examples of Seneca’s reworking a quotation from an Augustan poet over the course of a tragedy, recontexualizing the original until its meaning is irrevocably altered; “intertextuality,” he writes, “works hand in hand with Seneca’s tragic poetics to interrogate the very meaning of the language itself” (185).

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Willis, I. (2015). Senecan tragedy and the reception of Augustan poetry by Christopher V. Trinacty (review). Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, 7 121-123.

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 121

End Page


  • 123

Volume


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United States