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Despite this lopsidedness, the Introduction serves useful purposes, elucidating, among other things, the primary role that the schools of Guarino, Vittorino, and -- most prominently -- the Roman Academy of Pomponio Leto played in fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the tragic theatre of Seneca, beside the comedies of Plautus and Terence.
Crucial works such as Rush Rehm, Greek Tragic Theatre (1992), Froma Zeitlin, Playing the Other: Gender and Society in Classical Greek Literature (1995), and David Wiles, Tragedy in Athens (1997) are omitted.
The nature of the 'scandales' of Racine's greatest tragic theatre, and thus the status of his gesture of renunciation, is accordingly not to be understood, as Fumaroli once argued, as criminal confession, but rather as strictly apologetic.