The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, Prometheus BoundUniversity of Pennsylvania Press Penn Greek Drama Series
232 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
- Published: January 1998
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The Penn Greek Drama Series presents original literary translations of the entire corpus of classical Greek drama: tragedies, comedies, and satyr plays. It is the only contemporary series of all the surviving work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.
This final volume of the tragedies of Aeschylus relates the historic defeat and dissolution of the Persian Empire on the heels of Xerxes disastrous campaign to subdue Greece, the struggle between the two sons of Oedipus for the throne of Thebes, the story of fifty daughters who seek asylum from their uncle, the king of Egypt, because of his demand that they marry his sons, and the well-known tale of the proud and unrepentant Prometheus, who is chained to a massive rock for revealing fire and hope to humankind.
Translations are by David Slavitt (Persians), Stephen Sandy (Seven Against Thebes), Gail Holst-Warhaft (The Suppliants), and William Matthews (Prometheus Bound).
Introduction, by Palmer Bovie
—Translated by David R. Slavitt
Seven Against Thebes
—Translated by Stephen Sandy
—Translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft
—Translated by William Matthews
Pronouncing Glossary of Names
About the Translators
"Directness, vivid imagery, and rhetorical music prevail."—San Francisco Chronicle
"A boon for classicists and general readers alike. For the reader who comes to tragedy for the first time, these translations are eminently 'accessible,' and consummately American in tone and feeling. For the classicist, these versions constitute an ambitious reinterpretation of traditional masterpieces; after 2,500 years, the poetry of Euripides and Aeschylus has found a new voice-in fact, ten of them."—Boston Book Review