The Deaths of Seneca


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The forced suicide of Seneca, former adviser to Nero, is one of the most tortured--and most revisited--death scenes from classical antiquity. After fruitlessly opening his veins and drinking hemlock, Seneca finally succumbed to death in a stifling steam bath, while his wife Paulina, who had attempted suicide as well, was bandaged up and revived by Nero's men. From the first century to the present day, writers and artists have retold this scene in order to rehearse and revise Seneca's image and writings, and to scrutinize ...

The Deaths of Seneca 2012, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780199959693

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The Deaths of Seneca 2009, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780195387032