Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Troades

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Seneca's play,

Troades

, explores the consequences of war, in this case the Trojan war, for both the victors and the defeated. The women and children of Troy, a huddled mass awaiting slavery and execution, gather together one final time for solace, and their laments and suffering make up the body of the tragedy. The play is a re-imagining of two Euripidean plays (

Troades

and

Hecuba

), but Seneca's style and poetics mark it as a product of the Neronian Renaissance – an explosion of creative literary and artistic activity sponsored by and responding to the emperor Nero (ruled 54-68). During this period authors renovated Augustan poetic genres (Lucan in epic, Persius in satire, Calpurnius Siculus in pastoral, Seneca in tragedy), updating them to reflect contemporary tastes and

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Citation: Trinacty, Christopher . "Troades". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 May 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=13465, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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