The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

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ISBN: 9781904675723

Publication: May 9, 2008

Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live

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This book provides separate discussions of each of Sophocles’ seven plays: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. It sets these between an essay that outlines modern approaches to Greek tragedy and a final chapter that spotlights a key moment in the reception of each work.Focusing on the tragedies’ dramatic power and the challenges with which they confront an audience, Morwood refuses to confine them within a supposedly Sophoclean template. They are seven unique works, only alike in the fact that they are all major masterpieces. Focusing on the tragedies’ dramatic power and the challenges with which they confront an audience, Morwood refuses to confine them within a supposedly Sophoclean template. They are seven unique works, only alike in the fact that they are all major masterpieces.

James Morwood is Dean of Wadham College, Oxford, translator of eleven of Euripides' plays in the World Classics Series, author of numerous Greek and Latin language books and of The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1985). James Morwood is Dean of Wadham College, Oxford, translator of eleven of Euripides' plays in the World Classics Series, author of numerous Greek and Latin language books and of The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1985).

Preface 1. Taking bearings 2. 'Ajax' 3. 'Women of Trachis' 4. 'Antigone' 5. 'Oedipus the King' 6. 'Electra' 7. 'Philoctetes' 8. 'Oedipus at Colonus' 9. Afterlife 'Ajax': the first Cambridge Greek play Martin Crimp’s 'Cruel and Tender' Jean Anouilh’s 'Antigone' Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 'Edipo Re' The Strauss / Hofmannsthal 'Elektra' Seamus Heaney’s 'The Cure at Troy' 'Oedipus at Colonus' and 'Samson Agonistes' Notes Suggestions for further reading and bibliography Glossary Index

D’une écriture claire et concise, il est aisément accessible aux non-spécialistes et ne suppose pas d’être initié à la langue grecque. Quant aux connoisseurs, ils apprécieront que soient posées les bonnes questions.
  L’Antiquité Classique, 79

The Tragedies of Sophocles provides a useful reference for both pupils and teachers studying the works of this tragedian. The writing style is lucid and accessible and sweeps the reader along in an enthusiastic examination of Sophocles’ purpose and message…it is a quick, yet informative read.’‘…the very useful discussion of the individual plays makes this a worthwhile and valuable book, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it for both teachers and pupils.
  Journal of Classics Teaching, 17, Summer

This stimulating, slim volume works well both as an introduction to the seven tragedies and as a series of sharp, generous readings.
  Plays International Magazine, December/January 2008/9

Format: Paperback

Size: 216 x 138 mm

176 Pages

ISBN: 9781904675723

Publication: May 9, 2008

Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live

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