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Author Aeschylus.

Title Persians and other plays / Aeschylus ; translated by Christopher Collard.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

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 UniM Bail  882.01 AESCHYL    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Works. Selections. English. 1996
Physical description xci, 286 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Abbreviations: Play-Titles and Works Frequently Cited; Other Abbreviations -- A Chronology of Aeschylus' Life and Times -- Persians -- Seven Against Thebes -- Suppliants -- Prometheus Bound.
Summary "Of the four plays presented here, three (Persians, Seven Against Thebes, and Suppliants) represent a quite late stage in the long career of Aeschylus, the first of the great Greek tragedians. They are in fact the only plays we have which are earlier than his final masterpiece, the Oresteia trilogy; but in many ways they prefigure its dramatic and theatrical power. The fourth play (Prometheus Bound) is now generally considered inauthentic, despite its strong Aeschylean character; it may derive from ideas or sketches left incomplete at his death. The principal themes of the plays are inescapable conflict between brothers (Seven Against Thebes); the dilemma facing a community confronted with two sets of outsiders, one seeking revenge and the other in pursuit and threatening attack (Suppliants); and the defiance of the benevolent individual withstanding punitive tyranny and torture (Prometheus Bound). The Persians is the only extant Greek tragedy to treat a historical event, the repulse of the invasion of Greece by the Persian Empire in 480 BC; and it may contain Aeschylus' own first-hand account of the battle of Salamis." "Christopher Collard's new, highly readable translation is based on the most authoritative recent edition of the Greek text, and particular care is taken with the many lyric passages. A lengthy introduction sets the plays in their original context, and includes short appreciative essays on them. The explanatory notes treat dramatic issues, structure and form, and theatrical aspects, as well as details of content and language. Major difficulties in the texts themselves, which affect general interpretation, are briefly discussed. The volume as a whole should provide an informative, reliable, and suggestive basis for study and enjoyment."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Collard, C. (Christopher)
Subject Aeschylus. -- Translations into English.
Mythology, Greek -- Drama.
ISBN 9780198149682