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The Persians and Other Plays: The Persians / Prometheus Bound / Seven… (edition 2009)
by Aeschylus, Alan H. Sommerstein (Translator)
The Persians; Prometheus Bound; Seven Against Thebes; The Suppliants by Aeschylus
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140441123, Paperback)
‘Your kindness to the human race has earned you this.
Aeschylus (525–456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. The Suppliants tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaus who must flee to escape enforced marriages, while Seven Against Thebes shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus. And The Persians, the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes.
Philip Vellacott’s evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction, with individual discussions of the plays, and their sources in history and mythology.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:14 -0400)
With an introduction, extensive explanatory notes, and up-to-date bibliography, this collection contains translations of four of Aeschylus' plays, including the unique historical tragedy 'Persians' and the hugely influential 'Prometheus Bound'.
(summary from another edition)
2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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