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Five Great Greek Tragedies

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Five of the greatest Greek tragedies, each in an outstanding translation, include Oedipus Rex and Electra by Sophocles (translated by George Young); Medea and Bacchae by Euripides (translated by Henry Hart Milman); and Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (translated by George Thomson), a monumental work that examines relations between humans and the gods.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 18th 2004 by Dover Publications
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An interesting look on ancient Greek drama. This edition has no additional material - no introduction, no translator's notes except for a few uncommon place/god names, no explanatory notes.

In 'Prometheus Bound' we can see the relationship between gods and humans, which is also one of the two main themes in 'Bacchae' (the other being human pride). It is a fascinating play: there is no actual action, only a long dialogue with varying participants, but it is rich in content, the language is beauti
Brent McCulley
After reading much Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, I began to realize how little I understood of the Classics—Kierkegaard as a classicist and Nietzsche as a philologist. Diving into Æschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides has been good for my soul. The climactic tragedy in Œdipus Rex and Medea were especially delightful. This has also given me a better primary source perspective of Nietzsche's criticism of Socrates as the instrument of rationalizing Greek culture, which N saw as its downfall, and not its ...more
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Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC) was an ancient Greek playwright. He is often recognized as the father or the founder of tragedy, and is the earliest of the three Greek tragedians whose plays survive extant, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them; previously, characters interacted only with the cho ...more
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