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4 Plays: Ajax / Electra / Philoctetes / Women of Trachis

by Sophocles

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The translation I read is extremely crisp and modern-feeling, but other translations I looked at online have much of the same feel to them, so some of that has to come from the original. I love that this play is almost entirely told by a woman, Deianeira, and a chorus (the titular Women of Trachis), and the usual hero, Heracles, doesn't come in until the final section of the play (and isn't all that heroic when he does arrive). And the tragedy, my God, the tragedy! This is one that everyone should read, and one that I'm definitely going to read again.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2014/12/women-of-trachis-by-sophocles-circa-430.ht... ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Dec 17, 2014 |
Edition: // Descr: v, 254 p. 20.5 cm. // Series: The Complete Greek Tragedies Call No. { 882 S6 12 } Edited by David Grene and Richard Lattimore. // //
  ColgateClassics | Oct 26, 2012 |
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Sophoclesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grene, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grene, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grene, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jameson, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lattimore, RichmondEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, John AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watling, E. F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Editions containing Ajax; Electra; Philoctetes; and Women of Trachis include:

Grene and Lattimore's Complete Greek Tragedies V. 4 (Sophocles II)
Penguin Classics' Electra and other plays
Penn Greek Drama Series Vol 1
Methuen Classical Greek Dramatists Sophocles II
Vier tragedies
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"These authoritative translations consign all other complete collections to the wastebasket."—Robert Brustein, The New Republic

"This is it. No qualifications. Go out and buy it everybody."—Kenneth Rexroth, The Nation

"The translations deliberately avoid the highly wrought and affectedly poetic; their idiom is contemporary....They have life and speed and suppleness of phrase."—Times Education Supplement

"These translations belong to our time. A keen poetic sensibility repeatedly quickens them; and without this inner fire the most academically flawless rendering is dead."—Warren D. Anderson, American Oxonian

"The critical commentaries and the versions themselves...are fresh, unpretentious, above all, functional."—Commonweal

"Grene is one of the great translators."—Conor Cruise O'Brien, London Sunday Times

"Richmond Lattimore is that rara avis in our age, the classical scholar who is at the same time an accomplished poet."—Dudley Fitts, New York Times Book Review

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140441298, 0140446680, 0140449787

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