Complete Plays of Sophocles A New Translation

ISBN-10: 006202034X

ISBN-13: 9780062020345

Edition: 2011

Authors: Sophocles

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Award-winning poet-playwrights Robert Bagg and James Scully present a gripping new translation of Western literature's earliest treasures in The Complete Plays of Sophocles. In the tradition of Robert Fagles' bestselling translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and retaining the textual authenticity of Richmond Lattimore's Aeschylus, Bagg and Scully render Sophocles' dramas accessible and exciting for the modern reader. Students new to Athenian drama, readers of classical literature, and anyone wishing to kindle anew their passion for Greek tragedy will find no more captivating entrance to these milestones of world literature than in Bagg and Scully's The Complete Plays of Sophocles.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in tragedy, wrote a poem to Herodotus (see Vol. 3), and led his chorus and actors in mourning for Euripides just a few months before his own death. He wrote approximately 123 plays, of which 7 tragedies are extant, as well as a fragment of his satiric play, Ichneutae (Hunters). His plays were produced in the following order: Ajax (c.450 b.c.), Antigone (441 b.c.), Oedipus Tyrannus (c.430 b.c.), Trachiniae (c.430 b.c.), Electra (between 418 and 410 b.c.), Philoctetes (409 b.c.), and Oedipus at Colonus (posthumously in 401 b.c.). With Sophocles, Greek tragedy reached its most characteristic form. He added a third actor, made each play independent---that is, not dependent on others in a trilogy---increased the numbers of the chorus, introduced the use of scenery, shifted the focus from religious to more philosophical issues, and brought language and characters, though still majestic, nearer to everyday life. His finely delineated characters are responsible for the tragedy that befalls them, and they accept it heroically. Aristotle (see Vols. 3, 4, and 5) states that Sophocles said he portrayed people as they ought to be; Euripides, as they are. His utter command of tragic speech in the simple grandeur of his choral odes, dialogues, and monologues encourages the English reader to compare him to Shakespeare (see Vol. 1).

When Theater Was Life: The World of Sophocles
Aias
Introduction: Achilles Is Dead
Play
Women of Trakhis
Introduction: "You've Seen Nothing That IsNot Zeus"
Play
Philoktetes
Introduction: Sophocles at 87
Play
Elektra
Introduction: "Haven't You Realized the Dead ... Are Alive?"
Play
Oedipus the King
Introduction: "Something ... I Remember ... Wakes Up Terrified"
Play
Oedipus at Kolonos
Introduction: "His Death Was a Cause for Wonder"
Play
Antigone
Introduction: "From What Kind of Parents Was I Born?"
Play
Notes to the Plays
Works Cited and Consulted
Acknowledgments
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