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Loeb Tragic Essentials

  • Oresteia: Agamemnon. Libation-Bearers. Eumenides
  • Antigone. The Women of Trachis. Philoctetes. Oedipus at Colonus
  • Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea
  • Fragmentary Republican Latin, Volume II
  • Tragedies, Volume I

Author - Editorial Staff

Date - 13 October 2023

Time to read - 1 min

  • Oresteia: Agamemnon. Libation-Bearers. Eumenides

    Oresteia: Agamemnon. Libation-Bearers. Eumenides

    Aeschylus, Alan H. Sommerstein

    The tragic cycle of justice.

    Aeschylus (ca. 525–456 BC), the dramatist who made Athenian tragedy one of the world’s great art forms, witnessed the establishment of democracy at Athens, fought against the Persians at Marathon and probably also at Salamis, and had one of his productions sponsored by the young Pericles. He was twice invited to visit Sicily, and it was there that he died. At At...

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  • Antigone. The Women of Trachis. Philoctetes. Oedipus at Colonus

    Antigone. The Women of Trachis. Philoctetes. Oedipus at Colonus

    Sophocles, Hugh Lloyd-Jones

    Ancient Athens’ most successful tragedian.

    Sophocles (497/6–406 BC), with Aeschylus and Euripides, was one of the three great tragic poets of Athens, and is considered one of the world's greatest poets. The subjects of his plays were drawn from mythology and legend. Each play contains at least one heroic figure, a character whose strength, courage, or intelligence exceeds the human nor...

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  • Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea

    Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea

    Euripides, David Kovacs

    Three 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.

    In Volume I of the edition are Cyclops, the only complete satyr play that has survived from antiquity; Alcesti...

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  • Fragmentary Republican Latin, Volume II

    Fragmentary Republican Latin, Volume II

    Ennius, Dramatic Fragments. Minor Works

    Sander M. Goldberg, Gesine Manuwald, Ennius

    The assimilated assimilator.

    Quintus Ennius (239–169 BC), widely regarded as the father of Roman literature, was instrumental in creating a new Roman literary identity and inspired major developments in Roman religion, social organization, and popular culture. Born in the Calabrian town of Rudiae in Magna Graecia, Ennius claimed descent from Messapus, eponymous hero of Messapia, and wa...

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  • Tragedies, Volume I

    Tragedies, Volume I

    Hercules. Trojan Women. Phoenician Women. Medea. Phaedra

    Seneca, John G. Fitch

    Spectacular verse drama.

    Seneca is a figure of first importance in both Roman politics and literature: a leading adviser to Nero who attempted to restrain the emperor’s megalomania; a prolific moral philosopher; and the author of verse tragedies that strongly influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists.

    Seneca’s plays depict intense passions and interactions in rhetoric t...

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