Book Review: The Complete Greek Drama: Volume One

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Complete Drama:  All The Extant Tragedies Of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, And The Comedies Of Aristophanes And Menander, In A Variety Of Translations:  Volume One, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr.

This book certainly lives up to its name.  It indeed includes half of the extant dramas extending from the fifth to the third centuries, namely all of the surviving tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles and a bit more than half of the dramas of Euripides.  It is striking just how fragmentary this collection of plays is.  To be sure, the plays included are among the most famous ancient Greek plays in existence.  The plays of Aeschylus are as follows:  The Suppliants, The Persians, The Seven Against Thebes, Prometius Bound, Agememnon, The Choephori, and The Eumenides, the last three of which, the Orestia, are the only known complete trilogy of ancient Greek tragedies in existence.  The…

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My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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