DID SHAKESPEARE OWE ANYTIDNG TO SENECA? THE DEBATE OUTLINED

M. Frank

Abstract


The importance of Seneca for Elizabethan drama, specifically Shakespeare, is one of
the things that classicists tend to point to (along with the Greek roots of western
democracy, the widespread influence of Roman law, the literary importance of
classical mythology, etc.), when, as the poor relations in Arts Faculties, they feel
the need to justify their existence. Having done this myself for some years, I came
to realize that I had very little idea of how Seneca was important, why he was
important, and even whether he was really important at all.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/42-1-195

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