William Gager

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William Gager (1555–1622) was an English jurist, now known for his Latin dramas.

He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

His works were produced at the University of Oxford, from 1582 to 1592.[2] He was considered one of the major dramatists of the late sixteenth century. Apart from one comedy, Rivales, which has not survived, his works were all Latin tragedies.[3] They include Meleager (1582), Dido (1583) and Ulysses Redux (1592).[2] He stayed closer to the model of Senecan tragedy than other contemporaries, and adapted Seneca's Hippolytus in 1592, with the addition of scenes.[4]

He was also a neo-Latin poet.[5]


  1. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b Arthur F. Kinney, A Companion to Renaissance Drama (2002), p. 263.
  3. ^ http://www.bartleby.com/216/1210.html
  4. ^ H. B. Charlton, The Senecan Tradition in Renaissance Tragedy (1946), p. 61.
  5. ^ Online texts

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