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ItemMadness in Jasper Heywood's 1560 version of Seneca's Thyestes(CML Inc, Indiana, 1996)The Roman tragedian Seneca is generally, and rightly, considered to have made a profound impact on the dramatists of the English Renaissance. As his work preceded theirs by many centuries (he lived from A.D. 1-65), and as translations of it appeared in England before the major English tragedies, it is interesting to consider how he dealt with important issues which we see as dominant in the English plays. One such issue is that of madness.
ItemThyestes(Ernest Benn Limited, 1982)This is an edition of an Elizabethan translation of Lucius Annaeus Seneca's play, Thyestes, written in Latin in Imperial Rome. Thus the play presented in this volume is not merely classical, but also one translated by an Elizabethan. One question that arises is how Seneca came to be of interest to the Elizabethans, another how we are to read the play as itself a Renaissance artefact, which has a good deal in common with important plays by artists like Shakespeare. In terms of their historical circumstances, their training and artistic structuring, as well as their concerns and 'world picture', Seneca and Shakespeare have many fundamental similarities.
ItemSenecan Influence on Shylock's "Hath Not a Jew Eyes?" Speech(Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis group, 1984)In this paper, Professor Daalder is at least as concerned with what he considers to be the beneficial impact of Seneca on Shakespeare (in one important speech), as with the mere fact of Shakespeare's debt to the Roman author.
ItemReview of "Shakespeare and the Classics" edited by Martindale and Taylor(Oxford University Press, 2005)A favourable review of "Shakespeare and the Classics", edited by Charles Martindale and A.B. Taylor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).