By John Ferguson
This guide offers scholars and students with a hugely readable but unique research of all surviving Greek tragedies and satyr performs. John Ferguson locations each one play in its historic, political, and social context—important for either Athenian and glossy audiences—and he screens a prepared, discriminating severe competence in facing the performs as literature.
Ferguson is delicate to the meter and sound of Greek tragedy, and, with impressive good fortune, he manages to contain even the Greekless reader in an exact stumble upon with the Greek as poetry. He examines language and metrics on the subject of every one tragedian's dramatic objective, therefore elucidating the an important size of strategy that different handbooks, regularly the paintings of philologists, resign so as to pay attention to constitution and plot. the result's perceptive feedback within which the standard of Ferguson's scholarship vouches for what he sees within the plays.
The ebook is prefaced with a normal creation to historic Greek theatrical construction, and there's a short biographical comic strip of every tragedian. Footnotes are shunned: the thing of this instruction manual is to introduce readers to the performs as dramatic poetry, to not aspect who acknowledged what approximately them. there's an intensive bibliography for students and a word list of Greek phrases to aid the scholar with the operative ethical and stylistic phrases of Greek tragedy.
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