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The Other Four Plays of Sophocles: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781421411378
Author(s): Sophocles
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages: 254
Age: 18-22

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There are seven surviving tragedies by Sophocles. Three of them form the Theban Plays, which recount the story of Thebes during and after the reign of Oedipus. Here, David Slavitt translates the remaining tragedies - the 'other four plays:' Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, and Philoctetes. Punchy and entertaining, Slavitt reads Athena's opening line in Ajax as: 'I've got my eye on you, Odysseus. Always.' By simplifying the Greek and making obscure designations more accessible - specifying the character Athena in place of 'aegis-wearing goddess,' for example - his translations are highly performable. The Other Four Plays of Sophocles will help students discover underlying thematic connections across plays as well. Praise for David R. Slavitt: 'Slavitt's translation is ...lively and sometimes witty.' (Times Literary Supplement, reviewing Slavitt's translation of Seneca). 'The best version of Ovid's Metamorphoses available in English today...It is readable, alive, at times slangy, and actually catches Ovid's tone.' (Philadelphia Inquirer, reviewing Slavitt's translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid). 'Slavitt's ability is clearly in evidence...These translations are rendered in lucid, contemporary English, bringing before us the atrocities, horrors, and grotesqueries of Imperial Rome.
' (Classical Outlook, reviewing Slavitt's translation of Seneca). 'Excellent translations that suit the ear and strengthe Please click here to ask a question
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