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Euripides II: Andromache, Hecuba, The Suppliant Women, Electra (The Complete Greek Tragedies)

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Euripides II comprises the performs “Andromache,” translated by way of Deborah Roberts; “Hecuba,” translated by way of William Arrowsmith; “The Suppliant Women,” translated by way of Frank William Jones; and “Electra,” translated by means of Emily Townsend Vermeule.
 
Sixty years in the past, the collage of Chicago Press undertook a momentous venture: a brand new translation of the Greek tragedies that might be the last word source for academics, scholars, and readers. They succeeded. less than the professional administration of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, these translations mixed accuracy, poetic immediacy, and readability of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so energetic and compelling that they continue to be the traditional translations. this present day, Chicago is taking pains to make sure that our Greek tragedies stay the major English-language models in the course of the twenty-first century.
 
In this hugely expected 3rd variation, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. such a lot have rigorously up to date the translations to carry them even in the direction of the traditional Greek whereas conserving the vibrancy for which our English models are recognized. This variation additionally contains brand-new translations of Euripides’ Medea, The childrens of Heracles, Andromache, and Iphigenia one of the Taurians, fragments of misplaced performs by way of Aeschylus, and the surviving component of Sophocles’s satyr-drama The Trackers. New introductions for every play supply crucial information regarding its first creation, plot, and reception in antiquity and past. furthermore, every one quantity comprises an advent to the existence and paintings of its tragedian, in addition to notes addressing textual uncertainties and a thesaurus of names and locations pointed out within the plays.
 
In addition to the hot content material, the volumes were reorganized either inside and among volumes to mirror the main updated scholarship at the order during which the performs have been initially written. the result's a suite of good-looking paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to those foundational works of Western drama, artwork, and life.

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