[ Read Online Greek Tragedies 3: Aeschylus: The Eumenides; Sophocles: Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonus; Euripides: The Bacchae, Alcestis ↠´ chess PDF ] by David Grene Õ In Three Paperback Volumes, The Grene And Latti Editions Offer A Selection Of The Most Important And Characteristic Plays Of Aeschylus, Sophocles, And Euripides From The Nine Volume Anthology Of The Complete Greek Tragedies Over The Years These Authoritative, Critically Acclaimed Editions Have Been The Preferred Choice Of Than Three Million Readers For Personal Libraries And Individual Study As Well As For Classroom Use I ve read three of the Greek tragedies volumes by Grene, which I believe is all of them I ve enjoyed all three volumes It has been years since I read the first two volumes so as a result my memory of them is a bit vague but this may be the best of the three The last volume read very quickly as did the others and all the stories were very entertaining.
Everyone should read Greek Tragedies if not for at least the ability to write hilarious Oedipus quotes on mother s day cards if you have that sort of black humour and to make jokes about getting your anagorisis It s nice to experience the origin of the fatal flaw horribly misinterpreted by Shakespeare teachers the world over Greeks saw this as to miss something hamartia like Oedipus just not getting the signs that maybe he was in an uncool relationship with his mother rather than to have a deep psychological flaw like good ol analysis paralysis Hamlet.

This final installment of the series was a solid read, and not redundant like vol 2 All except the Eumenides were compelling reads, with The Bacchae being my favorite Many of these plays didn t feel quite so solidly tragic as the stories in vol 1, but it was still a great read for someone looking to expand my horizons I recommend to everybody, particularly if you ve read earlier volumes of the series, or if you re looking for a Greek tragedy read.
A set of good, clear translations, with a minimum of the cute modern slang that has begun to creep into many translations of classical literature, presumably in an effort to make it palatable to college students A couple of observations about the pieces included in this volume Euripides Bacchae is a the Psycho of Greek drama, almost Jacobean in the lavish application of gore and insanity his Alcestis , meanwhile, is oddly unsatisfying the climax of the piece, when Heracles wrestles Death to save the title character, occurs completely offstage and is barely even described after the fact Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus is pretty much the end of the Oedipus saga if you are unfamiliar with the story, skip this one and come back to it after you ve covered some of the earlier history.