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The Poetry of Greek Tragedy
     

The Poetry of Greek Tragedy

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by Richmond Lattimore
 

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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

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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, Prometheus Bound), Sophocles ( Ajax, Oedipus Tyrannus), and Euripides ( Medea, Helen, The Bacchae).

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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 - 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801872600
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
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.

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The Poetry of Greek Tragedy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!