Euripides: Bacchae


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Richard Seaford’s edition of Euripides’ Bacchae offers the first commentary in English on this fascinating play since that of E. R. Dodds in 1960. It takes account of the studies made on the play since it was written, as well as including discussion of recent scholarship and new research into the cult of Dionysus. Reprinted with an updated General Bibliography in 2015. [Greek text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.]

Richard Seaford is Professor of Greek at the University of Exeter, and has published widely on both the Bacchae and the Dionysus cult. His books include Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City-State (Oxford University Press,1994), Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Dionysos (Routledge, 2006), and Cosmology and the Polis: the Social Construction of Space and Time in the Tragedies of Aeschylus (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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Richard Seaford is Professor of Greek at the University of Exeter, and has published widely on both the Bacchae and the Dionysus cult. His books include 'Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City-State' (Oxford University Press,1994), 'Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy' (Cambridge University Press, 2004), 'Dionysos' (Routledge, 2006), and 'Cosmology and the Polis: the Social Construction of Space and Time in the Tragedies of Aeschylus' (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
General Editor’s Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction to Bacchae:
  I: Tradition and Structure
  II: The Bacchae and the Dionysiac
  III: The Bacchae and Cult
  IV: The Bacchae and the Polis
  V: The Transmission of the Bacchae
Manuscripts
Apparatus Criticus
Text and Translation of Bacchae
Selected Text from Christus Patiens
Commentary
General Bibliography
Selected Bibliography for Bacchae
Index