By John Ferguson
This guide presents scholars and students with a hugely readable but distinctive research of all surviving Greek tragedies and satyr performs. John Ferguson areas each one play in its ancient, political, and social context—important for either Athenian and sleek audiences—and he monitors a prepared, discriminating serious 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 a precise come upon with the Greek as poetry. He examines language and metrics on the subject of each one tragedian's dramatic objective, therefore elucidating the an important size of strategy that different handbooks, more often than not the paintings of philologists, surrender with the intention to be aware of constitution and plot. the result's perceptive feedback during which the standard of Ferguson's scholarship vouches for what he sees within the plays.
The ebook is prefaced with a normal creation to historical Greek theatrical creation, and there's a short biographical comic strip of every tragedian. Footnotes are shunned: the article 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 in depth bibliography for students and a thesaurus of Greek phrases to help the coed with the operative ethical and stylistic phrases of Greek tragedy.
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