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EP18 | Seneca & The Madness of Hercules — Dana Gioia

Dr. Tod Worner

March 5, 2024

“In almost all of [Seneca’s] tragedies,” sixteenth century playwright Giambattisa Giraldi Cinthio confessed, “he surpassed . . . all the Greeks who ever wrote—in wisdom, in gravity, in decorum, in majesty, and in memorable aphorism.” And yet no one seems to remember him. Who was this ingenious ancient Roman thinker and writer?

Join me and celebrated poet Dana Gioia as we discuss Seneca’s The Madness of Hercules and why Seneca is still supremely relevant today.

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