New PDF release: A commentary on the plays of Sophocles

By Professor James C. Hogan B.A. M.A. Ph.D.

ISBN-10: 080931665X

ISBN-13: 9780809316656

James C. Hogan introduces every one play by way of highlighting particular and interpretive difficulties suitable to that play prior to turning to a line-by-line research. the road research is complete, starting from the meanings of phrases and words that pertain to various Greek rules and associations to metaphor and imagery particular to every play in addition to plots and borrowings from past poetry, kinds, and characterizations.Along along with his exam of the seven extant performs of Sophocles in English translations, Hogan offers a basic creation to the theatre in Sophocles’ time, discussing staging, the conventions of the Greek theatre, the textual content of the performs, and mythology and faith.

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Less frequently the English version has fewer lines. For the reader consulting critical essays, however, the difference between the standard reference to the Greek text and the corresponding passage in these versions will seldom be more than two or three lines. My first priority has been to offer information that will enlarge the reader's understanding of Sophocles' text, his dramatury, style, and the cultural context in which the plays were first produced. In some matters, for example the identification of allusion to myth, there may be relatively little disagreement among scholars.

For an example, let us consider Oedipus. It is unfortunate that we do not have Aeschylus' treatment of Laius and Oedipus, but it is a fair bet that he gave more particular reasons for their suffering than we find in Oedipus the King. There was available the tale of Laius' rape of Chrysippus, son of Pelops, a sexual crime that was also a violation of Peops' hospitality. For Aeschylus crime begets crime, and the gods drive man on to pay the penalty of lust and violence. Implicated in his father's futile efforts to escape retribution, Oedipus would have gone down with him.

An oracle pronounces that a son, usually as yet unborn, will kill his father or some other near kin. In trying to escape that fate, the child eventually kills the person by accident, or at least in ignorance of his identity. Since oracles are from a god, we want to know something more of them. The Greek gods are anthropomorphic, human in appearance and very like men in their designs and feelings. Athena is just as sensitive to insult as Ajax himself. The deities of the underworld have their rites and privileges; when Creon defies them, he stands in great risk.

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