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Greek Tragedy: An Introduction Paperback – February 1, 1991
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Zimmermann analyzes the most famous works of the playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides against what he considers the "backdrop . . . against which Greek tragedy must be understood": the play as an entry in a contest of dramatic performances forming part of a religious festival honoring Dionysus, the relationship between politics and art in fifth-century B.C. Athens, and the fact that no other playwrights survive intact. While the analyses are sound, Zimmermann treads an already well-worn path. Only the largest university collections will want to add this work. For institutions with limited book funds or without a graduate program in classical studies, The Cambridge History of Classical Literature , Vol. 1: Greek Literature ( LJ 12/85) will suffice.
- Marjorie F. MacKenzie, Seattle
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There are many short works on Greek tragedy, but Zimmermann offers something different from any of them, something that I think of as indispensable to any honest work on the subject. He is not out to persuade us to read Greek tragedy. He is out to describe what is at present known about it. This he does with a truly amazing concision and clarity, leaving no base untouched. Nothing available in English can compare with this book as a brief, well-balanced, and authoritative introduction.(C. John Herington, Yale University)
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