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By John Ferguson

This guide presents scholars and students with a hugely readable but precise research of all surviving Greek tragedies and satyr performs. John Ferguson locations each one play in its old, political, and social context—important for either Athenian and sleek audiences—and he screens a prepared, discriminating severe competence in facing the performs as literature.

Ferguson is delicate to the meter and sound of Greek tragedy, and, with amazing good fortune, he manages to contain even the Greekless reader in a precise come upon with the Greek as poetry. He examines language and metrics on the subject of each one tragedian's dramatic objective, therefore elucidating the an important measurement of process that different handbooks, usually the paintings of philologists, surrender with the intention to be aware of constitution and plot. the result's perceptive feedback within which the standard of Ferguson's scholarship vouches for what he sees within the plays.

The booklet is prefaced with a normal advent to historic Greek theatrical creation, and there's a short biographical cartoon of every tragedian. Footnotes are shunned: the thing of this guide is to introduce readers to the performs as dramatic poetry, to not aspect who acknowledged what approximately them. there's an intensive bibliography for students and a thesaurus of Greek phrases to help the scholar with the operative ethical and stylistic phrases of Greek tragedy.

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