Bacchae

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Overview

Classic Greek tragedy concerns the catastrophe that ensues when the King of Thebes, Pentheus, imprisons Dionysus and attempts to suppress his cult. Full of striking scenes, frenzied emotion and choral songs of great power and beauty, the play is a fine example of Euripides' ability to exploit Greek myth to probe man's psychological makeup.
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Offers a new line-for-line translation of Euripides' play about the consequences of an attempt in Thebes to suppress the cult of Dionysus. An introduction discusses the cultural background of the play, its author, and ancient tragic theater, and suggests psychological, moral, religious, and political issues raised by the play. --Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Interactive Theatre Newsletter
Very accessible and 'fresh' translations, which will be valuable additions to American theatre.
— Jeff Wirth, Editor
Interactive Theatre Newsletter - Jeff Wirth
Very accessible and 'fresh' translations, which will be valuable additions to American theatre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849430401
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 12/18/2011
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. He has published five collections of poetry and received a number of accolades, including the Petrarca-Preis, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Forward Prize in each category. Apart from his translations of Euripides, he has also edited a collection of essays, Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame, and, in 2006, he published The Deleted World, a selection of free English versions of poems by the Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer.

Daniel Mendelsohn a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, is the author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million. He teaches at Bard College.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi
Background to the story of Bacchae vii
Map of Ancient Greece viii
List of characters 1
Commentary and translation 2
Synopsis of the play 94
Pronunciation of names 96
Introduction to the Greek Theatre 97
Time line 101
Index 102
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