I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time and I’m not sure why I have put it off for so long because I am quite excited to read it.
The great plays of Ancient Greece are among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world. Not only is the influence of Greek drama palpable in everything from Shakespeare to modern television, the insights contained in Greek tragedy have shaped our perceptions of the nature of human life. Poets, philosophers, and politicians have long borrowed and adapted the ideas and language of Greek drama to help them make sense of their own times.
This exciting curated anthology features a cross section of the most popular–and most widely taught–plays in the Greek canon. Fresh translations into contemporary English breathe new life into the texts while capturing, as faithfully as possible, their original meaning.
This outstanding collection also offers short biographies of the playwrights, enlightening and clarifying introductions to the plays, and helpful annotations at the bottom of each page. Appendices by prominent classicists on such topics as “Greek Drama and Politics,” “The Theater of Dionysus,” and “Plato and Aristotle on Tragedy” give the reader a rich contextual background. A detailed time line of the dramas, as well as a list of adaptations of Greek drama to literature, stage, and film from the time of Seneca to the present, helps chart the history of Greek tragedy and illustrate its influence on our culture from the Roman Empire to the present day.
With a veritable who’s who of today’s most renowned and distinguished classical translators, The Greek Plays is certain to be the definitive text for years to come.
What are your thoughts on this book if you have read it?
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I will be honest I my TBR plans for March went out of the window and April was just a struggle to read let alone stick to a plan. However, for May I am going to try and read some planned reads but maybe not as structured as my previous TBR posts.
Shorter books are best
One thing I have worked out is that currently when I am working I’m too tired to tackle big books. I’m not reading so much at night because I struggle to focus and so I’m only really reading in the morning. So I have chosen some shorter books to keep me occupied this month.
I have some current comfort reads at the moment in the form of two book series that I love reading and feel like I can trust to not upset me. These are the next two books I am due to read in the series.
These are my planned reads for May and hopefully I will get around to reading some extra books as well. At the end of the month I have half term so I might plan a longer read them.
I hope you all have some good reads planned for May.