"Willink's splendid edition of the Greek text [is] a culmination of the labours of a lifetime...Its chief contribution is the commentary, which pursues or rather attacks problems of text, metre and grammar in the accustomed fashion...and is also alert to the play's rhetoric and dramaturgy."Times Literary Supplement
Orestesby Euripides, Ian Johnston, Ian Crowe
Orestes is a literature & fiction Ancient & Medieval Greek tragedy play by Euripides that follows the events of Orestes after he had murdered his mother. In accordance with the advice of the god Apollo, Orestes has killed his mother Clytemnestra to avenge the death of his father Agamemnon at her hands. Despite Apollo's earlier prophecy, Orestes finds himself tormented by Erinyes to the blood guilt stemming from his matricide. The only person capable of calming Orestes down from his madness is his sister Electra. To complicate matters further, a leading political faction of Argos wants to put Orestes to death for the murder. Orestes' only hope to save his life lies in his uncle Menelaus, who has returned with Helen after spending ten years in Troy and several more years amassing wealth in Egypt. Euripides is known in literature & fiction circles as a Greek tragedian of classical Athens. Euripides is one of the few whose dramas & plays have survived. Ancient & medieval scholars have attributed 95 dramas & plays to Euripides, of which 19 are known to have survived more or less complete. Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama & plays down to modern times. He was unique among the writers of ancient & medieval Athens for the sympathy he demonstrated towards all victims of society, including women. Euripides' tragedy, Orestes, is often required textbook reading in many courses such as english, literature & fiction, and ancient & medieval.
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John Peck, author of five books of poetry, is a Jungian analyst in Brattleboro, Vermont, who has taught English at Princeton University, Mt. Holyoke College, and the University of Zurich. Frank Nisetich is Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the author of Pindar's
Victory Songs and Pindar and Homer.
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Nice new translation by Ian Johnston.