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Women of Trachis

Sophocles;Williams, C.K.;Dickerson, Gregory Weimer

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ISBN 10: 0195020502 / ISBN 13: 9780195020502
Published by Oxford University Press, 1978
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Black cloth, gilt titles. Translated by C.K. Williams and Gregory W. Dickerson. Near fine in very good plus DJ with wear to head of spine, rubbing. 97 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 11380

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Title: Women of Trachis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Mutability; uncertainty; a universe of precipitous change: these themes are at the heart of Sophocles' tragic vision. But nowhere are they elaborated with more urgency than in Women of Trachis. There are no subtle shifts of Fortune's favors in this tragedy, only stunning and total reversals, a relentless spinning of her fickle wheel. Thesis moves to crushing antithesis with an unparalleled violence at the moment of transformation.
Thought to have been written about 440 BC, midway through the poet's career, Women of Trachis has long suffered from neglect by scholars despite its sophistication and raw energy. This translation at last rescues the immense lyrical power and tragic grandeur of the play from obscurity, restoring the music of a poetry originally meant to be sung and danced collectively.

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Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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