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The Choephori [Kindle Edition]

Aeschylus , Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead
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The Choephori
By Aeschylus Translated by Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead

This new edition ofChoephori takes into account the abundance of recent scholarship on Aeschylus' work. A. F. Garvie's introduction discusses the pre-Aeschylean Orestes tradition in literature and art, the character of the play itself--its ideas, imagery, structure, and staging--and the state of the transmitted text. This edition reprints the Greek text and critical apparatus from the well-received Oxford Classical Text, edited by D. L. Page, and includes 350 pages of commentary devoted to problems of interpretation, style and dramatic technique.

Editorial Reviews


'Meticulous and profound scholarship, wide familiarity with relevant work, painstaking attention to detail: all these are to be seen in profusion ... this work of genuine scholarship can only be welcomed as an outstanding, and outstandingly produced, long-needed edition from the Clarendon Press.' J. H. C. Leach, Times Literary Supplement

'[Garvie's] commentary is immensely thorough, open-minded and sober.' Greece and Rome

'Particularly valuable is the treatment of the myth before Aeschylus ... the combination of literary and archaeological evidence fills a serious gap left by previous commentators, and will be useful also to those reading or teaching the other plays of the trilogy.' R. A. S. Seaford, JACT Bulletin

'The need for a detailed, up-to-date commentary on the play was clear, and it is fully met by this solid and substantial work...a fine and valuable commentary.' Martin L. West Gnomon

Language Notes

Text: Greek, English

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive. May 26, 2003
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(Note: for those who do not know: this edition is in ANCIENT GREEK and if you do not know that language, you may wish to buy a translation instead, such as Lattimore or Lloyd-Jones or Loeb Library's Smyth. This is not a translation but an edition of the text with a long and detailied commentary on said text.)
This semester we read selected long passages from the entire "Oresteia" in Greek. We read a lot more than half of the entire trilogy, and for me, a second-year Greek student, the experience was very intense and pleasantly challenging. My head is still ringing from choruses that never leave roofs, making a song that is not good and with Pylades urging Orestes to make his horrible choice.
I liked Garvie's "Choeporoi" much better than Denniston and Page's edition of the "Agamemnon" because Garvie's commentary is longer and more detailed (it is 8 times the length of the actual text, in smallish print) and Garvie has a more current poetic sensibility which does not dictate ONE POSSIBLE READING AND ONE ALONE for each line of poetry, unlike the older school.
There is also an really fine section in the Introduction on pre-Aeschylean versions of the story of Orestes, including that of Stesichoros, and a section on staging, as well as complete metrical notes.
Throughout the commentary are extensive and formidably learned references to other Greek literature for comparison and to a good array of secondary articles and commentaries. The bibliography is large.
Overall the book is a very fine achievement and deserves great respect and broad usage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choephori, ed.Bowen November 7, 2010
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This is a review of the specific edition of Aeschylus' Choephori edited by Anthony Bowen. I trust Amazon will file it correctly. The Product Review and the first Customer Review for this book refer to the edition by A.F.Garvie.
The Bowen book consists of the Greek text and some 160 pages of commentary. There is no translation into English. There is no introduction, the author chooses rather to put such historical, literary and cultural matter into the commentary at the points where it is most relevant. I like that approach.
This was my first experience of reading Aeschylus, and Bowen was an exemplary guide. I had previously studied two plays each of the two other tragedians, and much Homer, and that was very valuable experience for attempting the more difficult writer Aeschylus.
Bowen's Greek text seems to be same as Garvie's. But in the Bowen the font is large, attractive, and easy to read. I did notice three possible misprints (at 600,759,898). There is no ap.crit., but significant alternative readings are explored in the commentary. btw, this text is very different to that in the Loeb ed. Smyth, so that the Loeb translation is quite misleading in places.
I give my highest praises to the commentary -- it it at just the right level to give me learner's delight without overwhelming me, as some commentaries do, with textual criticism and other academic controversies. Bowen gives much help with vocabulary, especially the implications of the particles and the origin of compound words. Phrases susceptible of double-entendre are pointed out. There are numerous cross-references to other passages in the play and the trilogy. The choral passages get their metrical analysis, and what is especially helpful, a discussion of the emotional moods which the various metres create.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 4, 2014
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The notes are quite specific. the buyer must be able to read classical Greek.
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