Four plays by ancient Greece’s third great tragedian.
One of antiquity's greatest poets, Euripides has been prized in every age for the pathos, terror, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations. The new Loeb Classical Library edition of his plays is in six volumes.
Volume II contains Children of Heracles, about Athens' protection of the dead hero's children; Hippolytus, which tells of the punishment Aphrodite inflicts on a man who refuses to worship her; Andromache and Hecuba, the tragic stories of two noble Trojan women after their city's fall.
Kovacs…continues to meet the high standards he attained in volume I… While [the translation] earns high marks for accuracy, it is also pleasant and readable.
There has just appeared the two-volume replacement Sophocles edited and translated by Sir Lloyd-Jones (it is good to learn that a volume containing the fragments is to follow) and now we have the first volume of a projected replacement for the old and even more egregious Euripides… The translation is clear, fluent and only rarely inaccurate… All in all, this is a highly competent production which is at the same time stimulating and ‘user-friendly’. The completion of this enterprise will be eagerly awaited.
It is good to see the second volume of David Kovacs’s new Loeb of Euripides, which contains Children of Heracles, Hippolytus, Andromache, and Hecuba, following so soon on the first… The text has been thoughtfully edited…the translation is concise and accurate; the short play-introductions supplement plot summaries with a few interpretive hints.
The New Generation Loeb Euripides is an improvement in every way on its predecessor, yet it maintains the traditional spirit and format. What we expect from a Loeb is a well edited text with a facing translation that allows us to read any classical literature confidently and quickly without recourse to a dictionary. The translations we expect to be accurate and clear, giving those without Greek or Latin the easiest approach to the ipsissima verba of each author… Kovacs provides an excellent brief introduction to each play where the focus of attention is held sharply on the key issues of critical interest.
- 528 pages
- 1-1/8 x 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
- Harvard University Press
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