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Freely Translated and Adapted by
Michael Elliot Rutenberg

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Oedipus of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Translated and Adapted by Michael Elliot Rutenberg


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Lucius Annaeus Seneca’s Oedipus, freely adapted by Professor Michael Elliot Rutenberg, is the first translation of this Roman tragedy to interpolate excerpts from Seneca’s moral philosophies into the text. This juxtaposition of Seneca’s calm, rational thought with the passionate, highly theatrical language of his play, creates an exciting synergy of powerful emotional and intellectual appeal.