Euripides V: Bacchae/Iphigenia in Aulis/The Cyclops/Rhesus

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Euripides V includes the plays "The Bacchae," translated by William Arrowsmith; "Iphigenia in Aulis," translated by Charles R. Walker; "The Cyclops," translated by William Arrowsmith; and "Rhesus," translated by Richmond Lattimore. Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, ...

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Jun 7, 2015

Easier to follow for modern audiences, but....

My recollection of the last lines of a previous translation is, "The gods wear many faces and many fates fulfill to work their will. The end we look for comes not. God brings the unthought to be, as here we see." I find this far more effective than Arrowsmith's ending. I took a course from him at The University of Texas, Austin, and he was amazingly on target with his ideas of tragedy. So I am not unhappy with most of his Bacchae, he simply didn't make the most of the horror that went before.

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