Sophocles: Ajax

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This is one of the seven plays of Sophocles in the full editions by R.C. Jebb, all of which will be reissued under the BCP imprint. They have occasionally been reprinted but never before in affordable paperback versions. In this set, each volume contains a foreword by P.E. Easterling, concerned with Jebb and his contribution to Sophoclean scholarship; there follows an introduction by a noted Sophoclean scholar dealing with Jebb's treatment of the individual play and its value for - and contrast with - subsequent interpretations, for which a select bibliography is included.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This admirable edition of Sophocles’ Ajax includes detailed and balanced consideration of most aspects of the play . . . This is a valuable and enjoyable new edition of an important play". --Mnemosyne

"Scholars who have profited from the impressive learning and uncommon good sense displayed in Finglass’s 2007 commentary on Sophocles’ Electra will find his new Ajax, in the same series, equally satisfying . . . The text of the play is expertly edited and beautifully printed . . . One is almost never left feeling that more could have been said or that some aspect of the text has been ignored . . . There is little of substance to criticize, and much of value to learn, in the pages of this formidable volume." -- New England Classical Journal

"Finglass has followed up his fine commentary on Sophocles’ Electra with an impressively thorough and well-informed edition of Sophocles’ Ajax. This is an authoritative and provocative piece of work . . . He shows a keen dramatic and literary sensibility on issues of interpretation, in each scene and line. Particularly welcome is his attention to practical details of staging, and awareness of the difference that details of staging may make to the effect of a scene . . . There is no disputing the enormity of his achievement. This will be the definitive English edition of the Ajax for a long time to come." --Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521655644
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 997,612
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Clavarhouse Jebb, Regius Professor of Greek and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, was one of the foremost classicists of the Victorian era. His editions of Sophocles' plays appeared in the last fifteen years of the 19th century. They are distinguished by the sensitivity of Jebb's literary and dramatic interpretations, and the neat translation facing the Greek text. They have had a profound influence on subsequent Sophoclean scholarship. P.E. Easterling, editor of this series and author of the new Foreword to each volume, is Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She is general editor of the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series. Peter Wilson is University Lecturer at Oxford and Classics Tutor at New College, Oxford. He has published The Athenian Institution of the Khoregia: The Chorus, the City and the Stage (2000) and articles on ancient actors, Euripides, the sociology and epigraphy of Greek theatre. He is currently translating four of Sohocles plays for the OUP World's Classics Series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Text and critical apparatus; Commentary; Bibliography; Indices.
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