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Greek Tragedies, Volume 3 2nd Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0226307916
ISBN-10: 0226307913
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David Grene (1913–2002) taught classics for many years at the University of Chicago. He was a founding member of the Committee on Social Thought and coedited the University of Chicago Press’s prestigious series The Complete Greek Tragedies.



Richmond Lattimore (1906–1984) was a poet, translator, and longtime professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College.
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Product Details

  • Series: Greek Tragedies (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2 edition (February 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226307913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226307916
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. A. Kleinhans on January 26, 2014
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If you're a fan of the culture and/or literature of Ancient Greece, then this book is pretty much a must-read. It has five of the greatest surviving Greek tragedies from three of the most famous playwrights of the ancient world. More than that, the translations are superb and the notes, when needed to be included, are quite helpful,resulting in some of the best versions of these works that can be found anywhere. For those unfamiliar, I can also say that the stories are truly good in their own right, even all these centuries after they were written.
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"The Greek Tragedies" is a compelling read. Translators Richmond Lattimore, David Grene, and William Arrowsmith bring the ancient world to life. Lattimore, whose translation of The Iliad of Homer (translated and introduction by Richmond Lattimore is one of the authoritative, also brings Aeschylus' tragedy of matricide, revenge, and justice to life. Aeschylus foreshadows the deus ex machina of Euripides, since Apollo is a major character in "Eumenides." It's a visceral tragedy. Sophocles' "Philoctetes" is more reflective. It's about Philoctetes reclaiming his place in society. Wounded, living as an exile, Odysseus and Neoptolemus (Achilles' son) try to bring Philoctetes back to his rightful place. It's a celebration of the natural world, as well as reflections on old age (it is repeated in Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus") Finally, there is the powerful "Bacchae." Arrowsmith's translation perfectly captures the impassioned nature of the play. The repressed, prudish Pentheus finds himself confronted with the wildness of Dionysus, who wants to be affirmed as a god. "Bacchae" is surprisingly contemporary. Pentheus' hatred of the wild side of his own humanity- his embarrassment over his own family- leads him headlong to destruction.

"The Greek Tragedies" brings the classics to life.
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first i want to say thank you for sending me this book, when i read this book, i was taking a course about the grecolatin culture specially the myths and more, i received the book in an excellent condition, and the best was, it arrived before the course started.

thanks a lot.
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A teacher suggested it to me since English is not my main language. It was good finding such an enjoyable and comprehensible translation.
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I have all the parts of this set and I kept them long after my classes ended. Worth buying and worth keeping for later reference.
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I needed to read this for a class and have to say it's a Great classic work. Well worth reading this.
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very interesting to read and understand how certain myths never changed throughout history!!!
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