BACCHAE / Edition 1

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[Woodruff's translation] is clear, fluent, and vigorous, well thought out, readable and forceful. The rhythms are right, ever-present but not too insistent or obvious. It can be spoken instead of read and so is viable as an acting version; and it keeps the lines of the plot well focused. The Introduction offers a good survey of critical approaches. The notes at the foot of the page are suitably brief and nonintrusive and give basic information for the non-specialist. --Charles Segal, Harvard University
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This is a very useful edition, excellent for classroom purposes. The translation is clear and lively, and several students commented on how much they enjoyed it. The introduction provides an excellent overview of the issues in the play, as well as of earlier scholarship, making it a good resource for more advanced classes. The cover photo is an added bonus and provided the starting point for stimulating class discussion. --James B. Rives, York University

An excellent translation which captures Bacchae's combination of colloquial and lyric language. The Notes and Introduction are also very helpful. --Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Offers a new line-for-line translation of Euripides' play about the consequences of an attempt in Thebes to suppress the cult of Dionysus. An introduction discusses the cultural background of the play, its author, and ancient tragic theater, and suggests psychological, moral, religious, and political issues raised by the play. --Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203921
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 101,102
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Woodruff is Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi
Background to the story of Bacchae vii
Map of Ancient Greece viii
List of characters 1
Commentary and translation 2
Synopsis of the play 94
Pronunciation of names 96
Introduction to the Greek Theatre 97
Time line 101
Index 102
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