The Persians and Other Plays

The Persians and Other Plays


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A new translation of four of Aeschylus's finest works.

Illuminating the tragic grandeur for which Aeschylus has been celebrated, this fresh translation of The Persians and Other Plays shows how Aeschylus brought epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. The Persians, the only Greek tragedy to record events from recent Athenian history, depicts the final defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis through the eyes of the Persian court. In Prometheus Bound, the defiant Titan Prometheus is punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of servitude in which mankind is kept. Seven Against Thebes shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus, while The Suppliants relates the pursuit of the fifty daughters of Danaus by the fifty sons of Aegyptus, and their final rescue by a heroic king.

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ISBN-13: 9780140449990
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Series: Penguin Classics
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 534,221
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aeschylus was born of a noble family near Athens in 525 BC. He took part in the Persian Wars and his epitaph, said to have been written by himself, represents him as fighting at Marathon. At some time in his life he appears to have been prosecuted for divulging the Eleusinian mysteries, but he apparently proved himself innocent. Aeschylus wrote more than seventy plays, of which seven have survived: The Suppliants, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound, Agamemnon, The Choephori, and The Eumenides. (All are translated for Penguin Classics.) He visited Syracuse more than once at the invitation of Hieron I and he died at Gela in Sicily in 456 BC. Aeschylus was recognized as a classic writer soon after his death, and special privileges were decreed for his plays.

Alan H. Sommerstein is head of the classics department at Nottingham.

Alan H. Sommerstein is head of the classics department at Nottingham.

Alan H. Sommerstein is head of the classics department at Nottingham.

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