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The most celebrated plays of ancient Athens in vivid and dynamic newtranslations by award-winningpoets Robert Bagg and James Scully

The dominant Athenian playwright in fifth-century-BCE Athens, Sophocles left us seven powerful dramas that still shock as they render the violence that erupts within divinity and humankind. Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos, and Antigone trace three generations of a family manipulated by the inscrutably vindictive god Apollo to commit patricide, incest, and kin murder. Elektra and Women of Trakhis begin as studies of women obsessed with hatred and desire but become dissenting critiques of the Greeks enthusiasm for revenge and ego-crazed heroics. Two hard-hitting dramas set in war zones, Aias and Philoktetes, use conflicts among Greek warriors at Troy to thrash out political and ethical crises confronting Athenian society itself.

These translations, modern in idiom while faithful to the Greek and already proven stageworthy, preserve the depth and subtlety of Sophocles characters and refresh and clarify his narratives. Their focus on communities under extreme stress still resonates deeply for us here and now. This is Sophocles for a new generation entering the turbulent arena of ancient Greek drama.

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Award-winningpoet-playwrights Robert Bagg and James Scully presenta gripping new translation of Western literatures earliest treasures in TheComplete Plays of Sophocles. In the tradition of Robert Faglesbestselling translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, andretaining the textual authenticity of Richmond LattimoresAeschylus, Bagg and Scully render Sophocles dramasaccessible and exciting for the modern reader. Students new to Athenian drama,readers of classical literature, and anyone wishing to kindle anew theirpassion for Greek tragedy will find no more captivating entrance to thesemilestones of world literature than in Bagg andScullys The Complete Plays of Sophocles.

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ISBN:
9780062020345
Author:
Sophocles
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Sop
Author:
hocles
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
880
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 1.41026 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Award-winningpoet-playwrights Robert Bagg and James Scully presenta gripping new translation of Western literatures earliest treasures in TheComplete Plays of Sophocles. In the tradition of Robert Faglesbestselling translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, andretaining the textual authenticity of Richmond LattimoresAeschylus, Bagg and Scully render Sophocles dramasaccessible and exciting for the modern reader. Students new to Athenian drama,readers of classical literature, and anyone wishing to kindle anew theirpassion for Greek tragedy will find no more captivating entrance to thesemilestones of world literature than in Bagg andScullys The Complete Plays of Sophocles.
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