Bakkhai

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Drama - 150 pages
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"Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play." "Regarded by many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai examines both the horror and the beauty of the religious ecstasy that Dionysos brings to Thebes. His offer of closeness to nature and freedom from the constraints of civilization, especially for women, excites bitter resistance as well as fanatical acceptance." "Disguised as a young holy man and accompanied by his band of Asian worshipers, the god Dionysos arrives in Greece at Thebes, proclaims his godhood and his new religion, and drives the Theban women mad. When the Theban king, Pentheus, tries to imprison him, Dionysos afflicts Pentheus himself with madness and leads him, dressed as a bacchant, to the mountains, where his own mother, Agaue, and her companions tear him to pieces in an insane Bacchic frenzy." "In its balance of emotional intensity and classic form, Bakkhai exemplifies Greek tragedy at its most powerful." --Book Jacket.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
ON THE TRANSLATION
33
BAKKHAI
43
CHARACTERS
44
NOTES ON THE TEXT
99
RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FRAGMENTARY ENDING
134
GLOSSARY
142
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Euripides (c. 480-406 BCE) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens. Reginald Gibbons is at Northwestern University. Charles Segal is at Harvard University.

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