1680 Rare Latin Vellum Book - SENECA - L. Annæi Senecæ Cordubensis tragœdiæ


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Author : Senecae (Seneca)
Title : L. Annæi Senecæ Cordubensis tragœdiæ
Language : Text in Latin
Publisher : Venetiis : Apud Paulum Balleonium, 1680.
Size : 6 " X 3.5 "
Pages : 332 pages
Binding : Very good full vellum binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed)  under a removable protective mylar cover .
Content : Very good content (bright and tight, rare foxing and staining).
Illustrations: Including a very nice illustrated title page.

The book : Very nice 17th century edition of Senecan tragedy - a set of ancient Roman tragedies. Ten of these plays exist, of which most likely eight were written by the Stoic philosopher and politician Lucius Annaeus Seneca. The group includes Hercules Furens, Medea, Troades, Phaedra, Agamemnon, Oedipus, Phoenissae, Thyestes, Hercules Oetaeus, and Octavia. In the mid-16th century, Italian humanists rediscovered these works, making them models for the revival of tragedy on the Renaissance stage. The two great, but very different, dramatic traditions of the age — French neoclassical tragedy and Elizabethan tragedy — both drew inspiration from Seneca. Usually, the Senecan tragedy focuses heavily on supernatural elements.

The author  Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – AD 65), fully Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. As a tragedian, he is best-known for his Medea and Thyestes.


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