Philoctetes

ISBN-10: 0195136578
ISBN-13: 9780195136579
Edition: 2003
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Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that  More...

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.80" wide x 5.20" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play. En route to fight the Trojan War, the Greek army has abandoned Philoctetes, after the smell of his festering wound made it unbearable to keep him on ship. Ten years later, an oracle makes it clear that the war cannot be won without the assistance of Philoctetes and his famous bow, inherited from Hercules himself. Philoctetes focuses on the attempt of the heroes Odysseus and Neoptolemus to persuade the bowman to sail with them to Troy. First, though, they must assuage his bitterness over having been abandoned, then win his trust. But how should they do this--through trickery, or with the truth? To what extent do the ends justify the means? To what degree should private interest be compromised for the sake of public duty? These are among the questions that Sophocles puts forward in this, one of his most morally complex and penetrating plays.

Chris Woodford is a specialist adviser with the Newcastle University Computing Service. He is consulted by the staff and by students on matters relating to numerical, scientific and engineering computation. He gives Matlab courses and has used Matlab in developing multi-media applications. He has research interests and publications in the theory and application of the Finite Element method.  Chris Woodford is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. He tutors a wide range of Maths and Computing courses and has been involved in the production of teaching material. Chris Phillips is currently Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University. He has taught extensively on courses involving numerical analysis and computer programming. He is an advocate of active learning and publishes pedagogic research papers in this area. His technical research has focussed on the numerical solution of integral and partial differential equations and parallel numerical algorithms.

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