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  • After several centuries of relative neglect, Seneca's philosophy has been rediscovered in the last few decades, in what might be called a second revival of Senecan thought.


  • He translated four Senecan tragedies into Spanish, wrote an unpublished book about the island of Mindanao, had an extensive library, and made three trips around the world.

    George Santayana

  • Lipsius's De constantia thus has a different focus from the Senecan treatise De constantia sapientis

    Justus Lipsius

  • Lipsius's philosophical interest in Roman Stoicism led to the publication of his highly successful Senecan dialogue, set in the midst of the violent religious and political struggles of the Netherlands, De constantia in publicis malis (“On Constancy in Times of Public Calamity”, 1583/4).

    Justus Lipsius

  • And before we dismiss Jonson as an imperialist court poet, we should reflect that Samuel Daniel, one of Helgerson's heroes because he defended rhyme, was only a little less "classical" than Jonson, for he wrote Horatian epistles and Senecan tragedy (as well as providing masques for the court of the "absolutist" James I).

    'Forms of Nationhood'

  • Prologue; the narrative by the _Nuntius_ in Act II, i, 35-137, is in the most approved classical manner; an _Umbra_ or Ghost makes its regulation entrance in the last Act, and though the accumulated horrors of the closing scenes violate every canon of classical art, they had become traditional in the semi-Senecan type of play, and were doubtless highly acceptable to the audiences of the period.

    Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois

  • But while the Senecan and semi-Senecan methods had their dangers, their effect on English dramatists was in so far salutary that they necessitated care in plot-construction.

    Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois

  • Hence the technique of the work is largely of the semi-Senecan type with which Kyd and his school had familiarized the

    Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois

  • Clearly the only hope of dramatic advance for disciples of the Senecan school lay in improved dialogue.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • English tragedies of the Senecan type tend to adopt the same practice:

    The Growth of English Drama


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