Philoctetes [NOOK Book]

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Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the ...
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Philoctetes

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Overview

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play.
En route to fight the Trojan War, the Greek army has abandoned Philoctetes, after the smell of his festering wound, mysteriously received from a snakebite at a shrine on a small island off Lemnos, makes it unbearable to keep him on ship. Ten years later, an oracle makes it clear that the war cannot be won without the assistance of Philoctetes and his famous bow, inherited from Hercules himself. Philoctetes focuses on the attempt of Neoptolemus and the hero Odysseus to persuade the bowman to sail with them to Troy. First, though, they must assuage his bitterness over having been abandoned, and then win his trust. But how should they do this--through trickery, or with the truth? To what extent do the ends justify the means? To what degree should personal integrity be compromised for the sake of public duty? These are among the questions that Sophocles puts forward in this, one of his most morally complex and penetrating plays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199729524
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Series: Greek Tragedy in New Translations
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,300,759
  • File size: 168 KB

Meet the Author

The Greek tragic dramatist Sophocles was born at Colonus near Athens about 496 B.C.  He was from a good family, well educated, conservative, and highly respected by his fellow Athenians, whom he served as a general His first dramatic production, in 46, won the prize over Aeschylus's, then regarded as the master.Aristotle, in his Poetics, praised Sophocles above other tragedians and regarded his masterpiece, OEDIPUS THE KING, as a model for Greek tragedy. Although Sophocles wrote over 120 plays a mere seven complete plays survive (plus half a light satyr play, some fragments, and ninety titles). He died at the age of ninety.

 
Bryan Doerries is a writer, director, and translator, and the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers, and families to help them initiate conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war. He is also the cofounder of Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end-of-life care, prison reform, domestic violence, political violence, recovery from natural and man-made disasters, and the destigmatization of substance abuse and addiction. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from suffering and loss. For more information about his work, please visit: www.outsidethewirellc.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
On the Translation 25
Characters 32
Philoctetes 33
Notes on the Text 99
Glossary 115
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