Diderot's 'Essai Sur Sénèque'

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Diderot's 'Essai Sur Sénèque'

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 131

1975

January 1st, 1975

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS6
PREFACE8
ABBREVIATIONS12
Table of Contents14
I. BACKGROUND TO DIDEROT'S ESSAI SUR SENEQUE16
A. Classical studies in the eighteenth century16
B. The Tradition of Senecan studies24
C. The Expectation and reception of Diderot’s ESSAI32
II. THE ESSAI SUR SENEQUE AS A DEFENCE OF SENECA38
A. Diderot’s adaptation of primary texts38
B. Diderot’s reconstruction of history56
C. Refutation of the critics of Seneca69
III. THE ESSAI SUR SENEQUE AS A DEFENCE OF DIDEROT80
A. Diderot’s affinity with Seneca81
B. Further parallels between Seneca and Diderot88
C. The Character Seneca and apology99
IV. THE ESSAI SUR SENEQUE AS A DIDACTIC WORK110
A. Diderot’s manner of instruction111
B. Diderot’s thoughts on politics121
C. The Character Seneca and moral example125
V. THE ESSAI SUR SENEQUE AS A LITERARY WORK132
A. The Style of Diderot’s translations132
B. The Structure of the ESSAI140
CONCLUSION156
LIST OF WORKS CONSULTED162