Sophocles: Electra

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This is an English translation of Sophocles’ tragedy of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother and step father for the murder of their father. This edition also includes an "afterlife" essay that discusses adaptations of the play, as well as touches on other ways Electra has had influence (Jung's identification of the Electra Complex, O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"). Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Roisman's book can serve as a very useful introduction for a newcomer to Classics and Greek tragedy and is well suited for a non-language student without ancient Greek. Also a beginning ancient Greek language student will find Roisman's translation helpful in many instances for working through Sophocles' original because of the faithfulness of her translation. . . .

- Elke Steinmeyer, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.04.34

Vasiliki Giannopoulou
This book contains much well-balanced and intelligent discussion of the play,based on a very good survey of the relevant bibliography.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Every era needs the classics on its own terms, so Sophocles' Electra, translated by Anne Carson (The Beauty of the Husband; Forecasts, Dec. 18, 2000), should prove very popular among newcomers and seasoned readers of the sublime dramatist's brutal drama, as well as among Carson's many fans. While Carson renders the book in her signature free verse, her major innovation is the phonetic preservation of Electra's "far from formulaic" screams: "OIMOI," "O TALAINA" and "PHEU PHEU" among them. As Carson writes in her excellent translator's preface, they are not stock ejaculations like "Alas!" or "Woe is me!," but "bones of sound" emitted by the daughter who finds herself cheering her mother's execution. Though Oxford's stock existentialist cover looks like something from the height of '50s abstract angst and the book's paper is pulpy, expect strong sales. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
LACT newsletter, 2005 - Ken Kilburn
this is a splendid edition, a good read for anyone interested in the play and a good text for students at any level.'
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' … in his commentary he admirably fulfils the purpose of the CGLC in stressing not so much syntactical matters as points of dramatic and literary interest.' The Times Literary Supplement

'Kells assumes in most places a reader new to Greek drama, and has excellent sections on stichomythia, agon, lyric, and on Sophoclean style; textual problems are tackled with great clarity.' Joint Association of Classical Teachers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585102815
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Series: Focus Classical Library
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,306,872
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hanna Roisman is the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Classics at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Her special interests are Homeric epic, Greek and Roman tragedy and Classical literature and modern film.
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Table of Contents

I: The myth
II: The play
III: This edition
Electra: Dramatis personae, text and translation

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