Euripides, 1: (The Penn Greek Drama Series)

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The Penn Greek Drama Series presents original literary translations of the entire corpus of classical Greek drama: tragedies, comedies, and satyr plays. It is the only contemporary series of all the surviving work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.

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Overview

The Penn Greek Drama Series presents original literary translations of the entire corpus of classical Greek drama: tragedies, comedies, and satyr plays. It is the only contemporary series of all the surviving work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.

"A boon for classicists and general readers alike. For the reader who comes to tragedy for the first time, these translations are eminently 'accessible.'. . . For the classicist, these versions constitute an ambitious reinterpretation of traditional masterpieces."
--The Boston Book Review

"[Marilyn] Nelson, like her colleagues, avoids anything jarringly contemporary or self-consciously colloquial. Directness, vivid imagery, and rhetorical music prevail in different cadences."
--The San Francisco Chronicle

"A two-year project to publish the corpus of classical Greek drama in translations by an impressive array of contemporary poets. It may not be long before anyone who mentions that he is reading Sophocles in Greek can expect to be told, "Oh, but you simply 'must' read it in translation."
--The New Yorker

"A superb translation of 'Medea' by Eleanor Wilner . . . an appropriately brisk 'Ajax' by Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish; an "Andromache" that, in [Donald] Junkins's translation, manages to be both lovely and dignified; a 'Bacchae' by Daniel Mark Epstein that . . . is intelligent, eminently playable, and prefaced by a straightforward and useful introduction."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Don't look for the wild and woolly-these were put together by wordsmiths. . . . But they are a far cry from some of the stodgier translations."
--The Washington Post

"The 12-volume set will offer readers new verse translations of the complete surviving tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as the surviving comedies of Aristophanes and Menander. The complete line of Greek theater classics has not been offered to readers since 1938."
--Publishers Weekly

"Here Euripides stands, in vigorous English versions that fully do him justice. The most modern of the Greek tragedians has found a compelling modern form."
--Robert Fagles

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812234152
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Penn Greek Drama Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Palmer Bovie vii
Medea 1
Hecuba 71
Andromache 147
The Bacchae 215
Pronouncing Glossary of Names 289
About the Translators 299
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