Synopses & Reviews
This is an English translation of Sophocles tragedy of Philoctetes, an archer who had been abandoned on Lemnos by the rest of the Greek fleet while on the way to Troy. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.
"Seth Schein's new translation of the Philoctetes will serve as a useful text for upper-year classical literature courses in translation. As is typical of the Focus Classical Library series, Schein's translation aims to give a faithful rendering of the Greek that is at the same time readable, if not poetic. It also situates the work in its historical context and generally provides the supplementary material required for readers new to Attic tragedy.
"Given that it provides more contextual information and interpretive detail than the average translation, and that the translation itself strives for greater fidelity to the original, Schein's work will be most welcome in upper-year translation courses, where it will encourage students to develop a more detailed and subtle understanding of the play."
-- Brad Levett, Carleton University
A translation in English of this ancient drama, with notes, an introduction, map, and an interpretive essay.
About the Author
Seth L. Schein is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis. He works mainly on Homeric epic and Attic tragedy, and his interests include literary theory and its history, classical receptions, translation, gender and interpretation, and the literary representation of history and of social institutions and values.