September 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Bernstein Publishes Two Books in 2017

Dr. Neil Bernstein

Dr. Neil Bernstein

Dr. Neil Bernstein, Professor of Classics & World Religions, published two books in 2017.

book cover for Seneca: Hrecules FurensSeneca: Hercules Furens is in the Bloomsbury series Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy. It was published in London by Bloomsbury Academic.

About Seneca: Hercules Furens: Hercules is the best-known character from classical mythology. Seneca’s play Hercules Furens presents the hero at a moment of triumph turned to tragedy. Hercules returns from his final labor, his journey to the Underworld, and then slaughters his family in an episode of madness. This play exerted great influence on Shakespeare and other Renaissance tragedians, and also inspired contemporary adaptations in film, TV, and comics. Aimed at undergraduates and non-specialists, this companion introduces the play’s action, historical context and literary tradition, critical reception, adaptation, and performance tradition.

Silius Italicus Punica 2 book cover, showing ancient ruinsBernstein edited Silius Italicus, Punica 2, providing an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary. It was published in Oxford by Oxford University Press.

The book:

  • Represents the only full-length commentary in any language on Book 2 of Silius Italicus’ Punica.
  • Juxtaposes the full Latin text with an accessible English translation and extensive contextualizing introduction.
  • Provides comprehensive detail in a keenly focused line-by-line commentary.
  • Expands greatly on previous critical editions of the entire poem to offer an invaluable up-to-date resource.


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