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In power, passion, and the brilliant display of moral conflict, the drama of ancient Greece remains unsurpassed. For this volume, Professor Hadas chose nine plays which display the diversity and grandeur of tragedy, and the critical and satiric genius of comedy, in outstanding translations of the past and present. His introduction explores the religious origins, modes of p ...more
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Published December 1st 1983 by Bantam Classics (first published 1965)
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I don’t think I’ve ever read any Greek dramas before – maybe Oedipus in high school, I remember discussing the play, but I don’t remember reading it. I feel like I should spend more time with the form. I did find the synopsis at the front of each play useful especially for Aeschylus’ plays. But then I found Aeschylus too dry for words and nap-inducingly dull. Euripides was too misogynistic – though ironically I found this to a hopeful sign: why so much anxiety of women unless the women in Euripi ...more
May 22, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophers, Pagans, drama students
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
Shelves: classics, drama
This was an opportunity for me to read some of the classic stories in their original (if translated) forms. Oedipus, Medea, and the Oresteia were particularly interesting in terms of their lasting impact on "Western" culture and literary traditions. I enjoyed the plays of Euripides the most in this volume, as he clearly represents the Greek capacity for self-examination and critical thinking.

I found myself questioning some of the translator and editor's decisions, particularly in the case of Ar
I really enjoyed -- well, maybe not ENJOYED, but appreciated -- Trojan Women. What an interesting commentary on the aftermath of war.
woot madea and other fun filled greek dramas some being good some making you want to punch yourself in the stomach.
I liked Euripedes the best--he seemed to hold women in high regard. I alsoloved Aristophanes' comedy "Frogs."
I'm not a great fan of greek drama. From what I read, Medea was my favorite.
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Moses Hadas (1900–1966) was an American teacher, one of the leading classical scholars of the twentieth century, and a translator of numerous works.

Raised in Atlanta in a Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish household, his early studies included rabbinical training; he graduated from Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1926) and took his doctorate in classics in 1930. He was fluent in Yiddish, Ger
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