Aeschylus: Persians

Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by Edith Hall

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ISBN: 9780856685972

Publication: January 1, 1996

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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A ghost summoned with bizarre rituals from the underworld, the elaborate protocol of the Persian court, desperate lamentation, self-mutilation, and a thrilling eye-witness account of the battle of Salamis – these are some of the features of Aeschylus’ Persians which make it one of the most exciting examples of ancient theatre. As the earliest surviving European drama it is of incalculable interest to students of ancient literature: as the only extended account of the Persian wars by an author who fought in them, it is a unique document of the Athenian historical imagination. In this, the first English language edition of the text with a commentary for thirty-five years, the particular focus is on the visual and aural effects Aeschylus created, his extraordinarily rich imagery, and the play’s unique contribution to Athenian democratic ideology. [Greek text with facing-page translation, commentary and notes. This edition was reprinted in 2007. Although it was not substantially revised or updated, a short bibliographic update describing important contributions to scholarship on Persians has been included.]

Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College, London. Her publications include 'Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660–1914' (co-authored with Fiona Macintosh, Oxford University Press, 2005), and 'The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama & Society' (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Addenda 2007
Bibliographical Supplement 2007
1. Remember Athens
2. Aeschylus
3. Persians and Historical ‘Reality’
4. Historical Tragedy
5. History and Myth
6. The Tetralogy
7. Political Perspective
8. Aeschylus’ Sources
9. Religion
10. Persians as Tragedy
11. Visual and Aural Dimensions
12. Imagery
13. Style and Language
14. The Text
Symbols in the Apparatus
Text and Translation
Metrical Appendix
Abbreviations and Bibliography

‘In short an admirable edition almost convincing that Persians is a good play as well as a useful historical source!’

‘This edition is the most up-to-date scholarly text of Persians now available. Scholars teachers, and students will appreciate in particular Hall’s careful and complete research, evidenced in the excellent introduction, commentary and bibliography as well as in the translation itself; ... An excellent text for Western tradition, history and literature courses. Highly recommended for all academic collections.’


Format: Paperback

Edition: First published in the UK in 1996. Reprinted with addenda 2007.

Size: 210 × 149 mm

210 Pages

6 B&W illustrations

Copyright: © 1996

ISBN: 9780856685972

Publication: January 1, 1996

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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