Euripides: Orestes


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If not the profoundest of Greek tragedies, Orestes is certainly one of the most exuberant and entertaining. Euripides stands traditional legend on its head to forge a melodrama full of varied action, emotion, and novel theatrical effects, with a succession of crises crowned by a spectacular happy ending. Produced in 408 B.C., the play marks the culmination of Euripides' development, and in antiquity it surpassed all other tragedies in popularity. No study of Greek drama should neglect it. For this volume, Professor West has prepared a new edition of the Greek text with a selective apparatus. Greek text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.

Parallel-text edition of Euripides’ play Orestes. Greek text, with facing English translation, introduction and commentary.

The late M. L. West was Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. A distinguished classical scholar, his many publications include The East Face of Helicon: West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth (Oxford University Press, 1997), Indo-European Poetry and Myth (OUP, 2007), as well as editions of the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, the Iliad, and the Greek iambic and elegiac poets.

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The late M. L. West was Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. A distinguished classical scholar, his many publications include 'The East Face of Helicon: West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth' (Oxford University Press, 1997), 'Indo-European Poetry and Myth' (OUP, 2007), as well as editions of the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, the Iliad, and the Greek iambic and elegiac poets.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
General Editor’s Foreword
Author’s Preface
Author’s Postscript 2005
Updated General Bibliography
Introduction to Orestes
  I. Orestes in the Development of Tragedy
  II. The Story
  III. Literary Sources and Models
  IV. Characters, Ethics, Contemporary Background
  V. Production
  VI. From Euripides’ Text to Ours
Notes to Introduction to Orestes
Bibliography to Orestes
Abbreviations
Sigla
Text and Translation
Commentary
Index