Synopses & Reviews
This volume provides a thorough philological and dramatic commentary on Euripides' Phoenissae, the first detailed commentary in English since 1911. An introduction surveys the play, its possible date, features of the original production, the background of Theban myth, the general problem of interpolation, and the textual tradition. The commentary treats the constitution of the text, noteworthy features of diction and style, dramatic technique and structure, and the controversies over possible later additions to the text.
"The finest commentary ever written by an American on a Greek tragedy. Breadth is extraordinary." Religious Studies Review"This handsomely produced volume tips the scales as the heavyweight among Euripidean commentaries. It is a major philological achievement, which vastly enhances understanding of the play." Justina Gregory, AJP
This volume provides a thorough philological and dramatic commentary on Euripides' Phoenissae, the first detailed commentary in English since 1911.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 1. The play; 2. The problem of date and companion plays; 3. Features of the original production; 4. Thebaid myth and Phoenissae; 5. The Peisander scholion and Chrysippus; 6. The problem of interpolation; 7. The text; Phoenissae; Commentary; Appendix: The poetic topography of Thebes; Abbreviations and Bibliography; Indexes.