Euripides: Bacchae

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Overview

Classic Greek tragedy concerns the catastrophe that ensues when the King of Thebes, Pentheus, imprisons Dionysus and attempts to suppress his cult. Full of striking scenes, frenzied emotion and choral songs of great power and beauty, the play is a fine example of Euripides' ability to exploit Greek myth to probe man's psychological makeup.
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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: 9780521653725
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2000
  • Series: Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Bacchae: Translation and commentary; Guide to Pronunciation of Names; Synopsis of the Play; Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    for the scholar and the novice

    This particular edition, put out by Cambridge University, is extremely readable in terms of the translation itself; but more importantly, for the reader not yet indoctrinated in the classical studies, this version includes a virtually line-by-line explanation of esoteric vocabulary, Greek customs and beliefs, and in terse definitions illuminates the importance of particular rivers and mountains and such mentioned in the course of the play. The Bacchae itself is a vastly amusing and terrifying story. Dionysus comes off as a sort of debauched Christ -- his serenity under persecution by the king, his being both the avatar and manifestation of the god he comes in embassy of, his ecstatic circle of women followers. I recommend highly both the play by Euripides and the translation done by Mr. Franklin. The line-by-line explication cannot be overrated in its helpfulness; even classical scholars will most likely find it a refresher course.

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