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Persians
     

Persians

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by C. John Herington, Janet Lembke, Aeschylus
 

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ISBN-10: 0195070089

ISBN-13: 9780195070088

Pub. Date: 04/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


The Persians, Aeschylus' earliest surviving tragedy, holds a fascination both for readers of Greek drama and Greek history. Not only is it the earliest existing play in the Western tradition, it is drawn directly from the playwright's own experiences at the battle of Salamis, making it the only account of the Persian Wars composed by an eyewitness. And as

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The Persians, Aeschylus' earliest surviving tragedy, holds a fascination both for readers of Greek drama and Greek history. Not only is it the earliest existing play in the Western tradition, it is drawn directly from the playwright's own experiences at the battle of Salamis, making it the only account of the Persian Wars composed by an eyewitness. And as pure tragedy, it is a masterpiece. Aeschylus tells the story of the war from the Persian point of view, and his pride in the great victory of Greeks is tempered with a real compassion for Xerxes and his vanquished nation. Lembke and Harrington have rendered this stunning work in a modern translation that loses none of the original's dramatic juxtaposition of serenity and violence, hope and despair.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195070088
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1991
Series:
Greek Tragedy in New Translations Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
825,236
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.31(h) x 0.30(d)

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