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Is Sophocles the poet "more important" than Sophocles the moralist, Sophocles the student of character, or Sophocles the storyteller? In this acclaimed work, eminent classicist Richmond Lattimore examines the complex and varied ways in which Greek poetry contributes to Greek drama. While acknowledging the difficulty of separating poetry—especially in translation—from other aspects of language, Lattimore offers keen insight into plays by Aeschylus ( The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, The Seven against Thebes, ...

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Overview

Is Sophocles the poet "more important" than Sophocles the moralist, Sophocles the student of character, or Sophocles the storyteller? In this acclaimed work, eminent classicist Richmond Lattimore examines the complex and varied ways in which Greek poetry contributes to Greek drama. While acknowledging the difficulty of separating poetry—especially in translation—from other aspects of language, Lattimore offers keen insight into plays by Aeschylus ( The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, The Seven against Thebes, Prometheus Bound), Sophocles ( Ajax, Oedipus Tyrannus), and Euripides ( Medea, Helen, The Bacchae).

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Classical Review

Lattimore's treatment is skillfully adapted to the needs of a partly non-classical audience, and will suit a wide reading public... [His] thoughts on the plays are illuminating, and all are stated with a freshness and vigor which make a readable and stimulating book.

Christian Science Monitor

This is close, illuminating, deliberately modest criticism that lights up passage after passage of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

Journal of Classics Teaching
Despite the intervening 45 years these essays have something refreshing to offer—that is, an opportunity to read what an accomplished poet makes of Greek tragedies as poetry.

— James Robson

Journal of Classics Teaching - James Robson

Despite the intervening 45 years these essays have something refreshing to offer—that is, an opportunity to read what an accomplished poet makes of Greek tragedies as poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801872600
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Richmond Lattimore (1906–1984) was a professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College and considered one of the twentieth century's leading translators of Greek classical literature. His many works of editing and translation include The Complete Greek Tragedies, The Odyssey of Homer, and Greek Lyrics.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 3
Ch. I The Suppliant Maidens 11
Ch. II The Persians 28
The Seven against Thebes
Prometheus Bound
Ch. III Ajax 56
Ch. IV Oedipus Tyrannus 81
Ch. V Medea 103
Helen
Ch. VI The Bacchae 126
Conclusion 146
Bibliography 149
Index of Passages 151
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