Euripides V: Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Cyclops, Rhesus (The Complete Greek Tragedies)

Euripides V: Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Cyclops, Rhesus (The Complete Greek Tragedies)

Language: English

Pages: 296

ISBN: 0226308987

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Euripides V includes the plays “The Bacchae,” translated by William Arrowsmith; “Iphigenia in Aulis,” translated by Charles R. Walker; “The Cyclops,” translated by William Arrowsmith; and “Rhesus,” translated by Richmond Lattimore.
Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, those translations combined accuracy, poetic immediacy, and clarity of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so lively and compelling that they remain the standard translations. Today, Chicago is taking pains to ensure that our Greek tragedies remain the leading English-language versions throughout the twenty-first century.
In this highly anticipated third edition, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. Most have carefully updated the translations to bring them even closer to the ancient Greek while retaining the vibrancy for which our English versions are famous. This edition also includes brand-new translations of Euripides’ Medea, The Children of Heracles, Andromache, and Iphigenia among the Taurians, fragments of lost plays by Aeschylus, and the surviving portion of Sophocles’s satyr-drama The Trackers. New introductions for each play offer essential information about its first production, plot, and reception in antiquity and beyond. In addition, each volume includes an introduction to the life and work of its tragedian, as well as notes addressing textual uncertainties and a glossary of names and places mentioned in the plays.
In addition to the new content, the volumes have been reorganized both within and between volumes to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship on the order in which the plays were originally written. The result is a set of handsome paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to these foundational works of Western drama, art, and life.

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865   in the damp air, in the dew, as a running fawn would frisk for the green joy of the wide fields, freed from fear of the hunt, 870   freed from the circling beaters and the nets of woven mesh and the hunters hallooing on their yelping packs? And then, hard pressed, she sprints with the quickness of wind, bounding over the marsh, 875   leaping for joy by the river, joyous at the green of the leaves, where no man is. What is wisdom? What gift of the gods° is held in honor like

your madness and been self-controlled, you’d all be happy now, and would have the son of Zeus as your ally. CADMUS° We implore you, Dionysus. We have done wrong. DIONYSUS 1345      Too late. You did not know me when you should have. CADMUS We have learned. But you punish us too harshly. DIONYSUS I am a god. I was blasphemed by you. CADMUS Gods should be exempt from human passions. DIONYSUS Long ago my father Zeus ordained these things. AGAVE It is fated, Father. We must go.

quiet breeze, 45   green grass for the grazing? Look: the water from the brook swirls through your troughs beside the cave where your small lambs bleat. MESODE Hey, come here! Now! 50   Won’t you feed on the dewy hill? Move, or I’ll pelt you with stones! In with you, horny-head, move along into the fold of Shepherd Cyclops! (To a ewe.) ANTISTROPHE 55   Relieve your swollen teats! Come, suckle your young whom you left all alone in the lamb pens! Asleep all day, your newborn

costume, followed with them. Such is the man who comes to fight for Troy. Neither 315   by flight, nor yet by standing to him with the spear, will Peleus’ son Achilles find escape from death. CHORUS LEADER When the gods change and stand behind the citizens, a depressed fortune climbs uphill, and wins success. HECTOR Now that my spear is fortunate, and Zeus is on 320   our side, I shall be finding that I have many friends. We can do without them. We want none who did not fight our

heart, I mourn you. CHORUS LEADER I, too, as much as ever one can grieve 905   who has no kinship with the dead, grieve for your son. THE MUSE [still singing] ANTISTROPHE Perish the grandson of Oeneus. Perish the son of Laertes. He made me childless, who had the best child in the world. 910   Perish the woman who forsook her Greek home for a Phrygian bed. She, dearest son, she is your true destroyer, she, who made unnumbered cities empty of the brave. [now speaking] 915

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