Bacchae

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"Using to the full the last half century's great accessions to the comparative study of religion, [Dodds] has given a coherent and convincing reconstruction of the Dionysiac background—and, indeed, foreground—of the play, illustrating it with many instructive non-Greek and modern parallels.... Equally instructive and stimulating is the acute analysis of the play's dramatic elements, its characters, scenes, conflicts, actions, speeches.... This edition far surpasses its predecessors in vitality, sympathy, and scope."—W.B. Stanford, Hermathena LXV. ...

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"Using to the full the last half century's great accessions to the comparative study of religion, [Dodds] has given a coherent and convincing reconstruction of the Dionysiac background—and, indeed, foreground—of the play, illustrating it with many instructive non-Greek and modern parallels.... Equally instructive and stimulating is the acute analysis of the play's dramatic elements, its characters, scenes, conflicts, actions, speeches.... This edition far surpasses its predecessors in vitality, sympathy, and scope."—W.B. Stanford, Hermathena LXV. Including a comprehensive discussion of the play's background and an incisive assessment of its dramatic structure, this edition makes an outstanding contribution to Euripides scholarship.

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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: 9781854594112
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Drama Classics Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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