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Description: The Greek Plays : Paperback : Random House USA Inc : 9780812983098 : 0812983092 : 05 Sep 2017 : Plays include: Aeschylus: the Persians, Oresteia, Prometheus bound; Sophocles: Oedipus the king, Antigone, Electra, Oedipus at Colonus; Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Electra, Trojan women, Helen, Bacchae. The Book Depository The Greek Plays by Sophocles - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Tom Rowling

Rating: 5

Review: I would assume that most people looking at this book would be familiar with the Greek tragedies, the playwrights and some of the context to the world of the Ancient Greeks and the associated mythology. For these people, as the blurb describes, having a collection of these plays together, with the new translations and perspectives, is going to be both useful and exciting. However, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to absolutely anyone with a passion for reading, even if you have no familiarity with the Greek plays. It is absolutely fantastic! I can say this because, before reading this book, my knowledge of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides was, shamefully, just a vague awareness of their existence. The introductions to the plays are superbly written and in just a few pages manage to explain the background and context to each play (each playwright references Greek customs, older myths and mirror contemporary affairs) and also set out a brief synopsis to the play which makes it so much more accessible to the novice. Not only that, but there are numerous footnotes throughout each play in the difficult sections, explaining some of the untranslatable words, the character's actions and references they make and pointing out any dubious lines that may have been added later. It may seem a daunting or intimidating subject (I bought it half expecting to not be able to complete it) but it is one of the easiest, most intelligible and fascinating books I have had the chance to read and if you have any curiosity at all for the Ancient Greeks, mythology, history in general or the human condition, I would urge you to read it too! I have used Amazon for years and this book inspired me to write my first review.

 

Author: A M Gray

Rating: 1

Review: The kindle book I received is not the book as described. The book I received is Greek plays but is not the modern translations and has no accompanying essays. There are clearly two books called ‘The Greek Plays’ and the one costing £2.99 is an inferior one, although the review and summary show it as having the Emily Wilson translation. Beware! It doesn’t.

 

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