Madness in Jasper Heywood's 1560 version of Seneca's Thyestes
The Roman tragedian Seneca is generally, and rightly, considered to have made a profound impact on the dramatists of the English Renaissance. As his work preceded theirs by many centuries (he lived from A.D. 1-65), and as translations of it appeared in England before the major English tragedies, it is interesting to consider how he dealt with important issues which we see as dominant in the English plays. One such issue is that of madness.
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