Volume VI, Bacchae. Iphigenia at Aulis. Rhesus (Loeb Classical Library)

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Overview

One of antiquity's greatest poets, Euripides has been prized in every age for the pathos, terror, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations. This volume completes the new six-volume Loeb Classical Library edition of his plays.

In Bacchae, a masterpiece of tragic drama, Euripides tells the story of king Pentheus's resistance to the worship of Dionysus and his horrific punishment. Iphigenia at Aulis recounts the sacrifice of Agamemnon's daughter to Artemis, the price exacted by the goddess for favorable sailing winds. Rhesus (probably not by Euripides) dramatizes a pivotal incident in the Trojan War. David Kovacs presents a faithful and skillfully worded translation of the three plays, facing a freshly edited Greek text.

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Kovac's translation is a tour de force...In general, the notes accompanying the translation, explaining such things as geographical and mythological names, are judiciously chosen, concise, and crystal clear...I have nothing but praise for [Kovac's] scholarship, and the lucidity of his writing, both as translator and commentator. [This volume] should be [the] standard translation for many years to come.
— John Davidson

Scholia Reviews - John Davidson
Kovacs's translation is a tour de force... In general, the notes accompanying the translation, explaining such things as geographical and mythological names, are judiciously chosen, concise, and crystal clear... I have nothing but praise for [Kovacs's] scholarship, and the lucidity of his writing, both as translator and commentator. [This volume] should be [the] standard translation for many years to come.
Scholia Reviews
Kovac's translation is a tour de force...In general, the notes accompanying the translation, explaining such things as geographical and mythological names, are judiciously chosen, concise, and crystal clear...I have nothing but praise for [Kovac's] scholarship, and the lucidity of his writing, both as translator and commentator. [This volume] should be [the] standard translation for many years to come.
— John Davidson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674996014
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #495
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,009,604
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kovacs is Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Bacchae

Introduction

Text and Translation

Iphigenia At Aulis

Introduction

Text and Translation

Rhesus

Introduction

Text and Translation

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    Bacchae

    The Bacchae is one of the most incredible pieces of literature in the ancient world. Everyone should read this. For Euripidean drama it is a departure from his usual depiction of the gods. For once Euripides pays homage to a god, Dionysos. This is the last play he wrote and I think it is his greatest work. Anyone who is interested in Greek mythology at all should read this, as it gives us an incredible glimpse into Bacchic worship. The story itself is so amazing that anyone could enjoy it!

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