By Christopher Collard
A brand new, actual, and readable translation of 4 of Aeschylus' performs: Persians, Seven opposed to Thebes, Suppliants, and Prometheus Bound. it really is dependent upon the main authoritative contemporary version of the Greek textual content and specific care is interested in the numerous lyric passages. A long advent units the performs of their unique context, and comprises brief appreciative essays on them. The explanatory notes deal with dramatic matters, constitution and shape, and theatrical elements, in addition to information of content material and language. significant problems within the texts themselves, which impact normal interpretation, are in short mentioned. the amount as an entire should still supply an informative, trustworthy, and suggestive foundation for examine and pleasure.
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3, ll. 1–5, supplemented on the model of similar records as ‘in the arch[onship of (name missing) in the (number missing) year of the (number missing) Olympiad]; Aeschylus was victorious [with Suppliants, Egyptians,] Daughters of Danaus, Amy[mone: satyric)]; second was Sophocles; [third was] Mesatos [. . ’ The Athenians counted their oﬃcial years through the name of the chief archon, or elected magistrate, in each. This reading of the ﬁrst line leaves speculation about the date-year free. An alternative but more contentious reading supposes the omission of the formulaic phrase ‘in the archonship of ’ before the archon’s actual but damaged name, and that the name here itself began (like many Greek ones) with the letters ‘Arch-’; it is supplemented from other contemporary records as ‘.
How could Eteocles post himself against such a man? Instead, he appoints a plain, valiant defender to oppose Amphiaraus’ bravery (616, cf. 569, 592). The placing of this sixth pair of speeches, with its distinctive and doomed attacker, foreshadows the imminent catastrophe of both the reckless Polynices and the disciplined Eteocles. Also, Amphiaraus condemns not only Tydeus on his own side (571–4) but, more importantly, Polynices for attacking his native city (576–86), precisely the intention Polynices will claim as just (639–48) and Eteocles will condemn as unjust (660–71).
Many images associated with the suppliants’ ﬂight and predicament have analogies in the story of their ancestress Io (291–315, 538–89). She is more than a simple lever to move Pelasgus’ pity, however. The suppliants use Zeus’ pursuit and ultimate 36 These aspects of Pelasgus’ dilemma and actions are well expounded by Burian (1974) and Meier (Bibl. §5, 1993), 84–101; see also Zeitlin (1988), although her emphasis is on issues of gender in the suppliants’ case. For other ‘suppliant dramas’, see EN on 348–437.
Aeschylus: Persians and Other Plays by Christopher Collard