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Euripides: Bacchae. Iphigenia at Aulis. Rhesus (Loeb Classical Library No. 495)

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Kovacs's translation is a tour de force... In general, the notes accompanying the translation, explaining such things as geographical and mythological names, are judiciously chosen, concise, and crystal clear... I have nothing but praise for [Kovacs's] scholarship, and the lucidity of his writing, both as translator and commentator. [This volume] should be [the] standard translation for many years to come. (John Davidson Scholia Reviews)

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Text: English, Greek (translation)
Original Language: Greek
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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674996011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674996014
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is the sixth and final volume of the new LOEB edition of Euripides, edited and translated by David Kovacs. The new LOEB edition of Euripides is an enormous improvement over the old LOEB Euripides which it replaces. The old edition featured translations by A.S.Way which, in addition to being of the lowest possible literary quality,were often wildly unfaithful to the Greek original.
Fortunately, Kovacs, unlike Way, eschews any attempt at poetic inspiration and settles instead on translating Euripides' Greek into idiomatic English prose. Thus, anyone seeking a poetic translation of Euripides will be disappointed. However, anyone seeking a translation that is as faithful to the Greek as is possible without producing unidiomatic English will find Kovacs' translations illuminating. Kovacs' translations are particularly useful for the Greekless reader who wishes to see how poetic translations of Euripides compare with the original. Since many poetic translations often depart from the original quite drastically, Kovacs' translations can be used to determine how much of any given poetic translation comes from Euripides and how much comes from the translator.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to Kovacs' edition. Scattered throughout his translations are mistranslations as well as omissions of small scraps of the Greek.
For example, Kovacs translates line 1154 of the Bacchae (Greek: anaboasomen xymphoran) as "Let us dance for joy at the calamity". Here Kovacs has mistranslated "anaboasomen", which means "let us raise a shout". It seems that he accidentally read and translated the line as "anakhoreusomen xymphoran".
An example of omission of material from the Greek is to be found at line 420 of Iphigenia at Aulis, where Kovacs has the messenger say that, "...
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Wonderful to have the Greek and English together. A must for reading the correct words especially "ouranos" for sky, NOT heaven. "Hades" NOT hell. "Kakodaimon" for unfortunate. Although the translator did use words that were not in existence in the 5th century Athens in English, as already mentioned: heaven, hell, sin, and blessed.
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It came on time and in good shape--I'm reading it now. For classical texts, Loeb is still the best around.
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