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4. Prose Style
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about Seneca's distinctive prose style, including (among other things) his use of questions and imagined interjections, his distinctive use of the reflexive adjective, his short, choppy sentences, his use of alliteration and other acoustic effects, his use of sententiae, and his moral exhortation to Lucilius.
In this course, Professor Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London) provides an introduction to Seneca the Younger and his Epistulae Morales. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Seneca's life, career, and literary output, before moving on in the second module to think about the philosophy of Stoicism. In the third module, we explore the letter as both a means of communication in the Roman world as well as a well-developed literary genre, before turning in the fourth module to consider Seneca's distinctive prose style. Finally, in the fifth module, we provide a close reading of one of Seneca's letters – Letter 53.
Professor Catharine Edwards is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck, University of London. Her work focuses on the cultural history of the Roman world, especially Rome in the early principate, Seneca and the Younger and his Letters, and responses to the city of Rome in antiquity and later periods. Her recent publications include Suetonious: Lives of the Caesars (Oxford World's Classics, 2000), (as co-editor with Greg Woolf) Rome the Cosmopolis (CUP, 2002), and Death in Ancient Rome (Yale, 2007).
Cite this Lecture
Edwards, C. (2018, August 15). Seneca: Letters - Prose Style [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/seneca-letters/prose-style-6f443bc3-7d10-4bdb-8764-f8d8fe6d9ae2
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