The Persians and Other Plays
A new translation of four of Aeschylus's finest works. Illuminating the tragic grandeur for which Aeschylus has been celebrated, this fresh translation of The Persians and Other Plays shows how Aeschylus brought epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art.... show more
A new translation of four of Aeschylus's finest works. Illuminating the tragic grandeur for which Aeschylus has been celebrated, this fresh translation of The Persians and Other Plays shows how Aeschylus brought epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. The Persians, the only Greek tragedy to record events from recent Athenian history, depicts the final defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis through the eyes of the Persian court. In Prometheus Bound, the defiant Titan Prometheus is punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of servitude in which mankind is kept. Seven Against Thebes shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus, while The Suppliants relates the pursuit of the fifty daughters of Danaus by the fifty sons of Aegyptus, and their final rescue by a heroic king.
Publish date: February 23rd 2010
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
The Persians and Other Plays is a collection of plays and commentary about plays by Aeschylus (525/4 - 456 BCE). The book contains the following: The Persians Seven Against Thebes The Suppliants Prometheus Bound Each play comes with a thorough introduction of the play itself as well as detail...
I recommend that you look at Terence's review at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/250656447 , but I would like to add some remarks to his. Amongst these plays I much preferred The Persians . It opens with the elderly councilors to Xerxes who remained behind in Susa. They recall the pride and c...
Having recently read Caroline Alexander’s The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War, a wild hare came into my head to read Aeschylus’ Persians, which was mentioned in some connection with the book. My exposure to Greek playwrights is limited. In my infamous gra...
Required reading for a good Promethean pagan.