Study Questions For Lucan's Pharsalia And Seneca's Trojan Women:


1. What do all of these works have in common?


2. Read the brief brief summaries of books 2-7 and 9-10 here.


3. Compare and contrast the Pharsalia with the Aeneid.


4. How successful is the Pharsalia as epic?


5. Is Seneca's Trojan Women "stageable"? What elements within the texts might lead one to believe that it is not?


6. To what other works that we have read for this course might Seneca's Trojan Women be compared? on what basis?


7. Is Seneca's Trojan Women really a tragedy? If yes, what makes it a tragedy? If no, how would you characterize it? why?