Folio Greek Tragedies

Though I have mixed feelings about Folio Society editions, these are tempting. All the Greek tragedies in five volumes:

In five volumes, the extant works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides are gathered, with newly commissioned prefaces for each volume: Ruth Padel on Aeschylus, Simon Goldhill on Sophocles, and Peter Stothard, Lawrence Norfolk and Germaine Greer each introducing one of the Euripides volumes. The translations used, from the University of Chicago editions, have become the standard texts. A total of 33 great works of art are included, such as Pallas Athene attributed to Rembrandt and The Bacchae by Luca Giordano, with each plate tipped in, facing the title page of the play in question.

6 thoughts on “Folio Greek Tragedies

  1. >Wait, 5 volumes? I have the Chicago translations in 4 volumes published by their own press, sans illustrations and prefaces, but far, far cheaper, especially when it's used like my copy. But I'm all for giving Euripides an extra volume, since he's my favorite.I like these translations more than most recent ones. The only ones I rate equally are Anne Carson's harsh, jagged versions of Euripides. David Kovacs' new Euripides seems pretty good too.

  2. >Fiona: I still have deeply embedded guilt from the books I stole from the local Communist bookshop when I was a full-time student. In the case of these editions, my rationalisation is that Folio Society editions hold their value well.

  3. >David: Why didn't I think of that before pushing those Folio Society buttons? This is the first complete set I have seen.I have the Carson translations, but have yet to read them thoroughly. The pages I have read were wonderful.

  4. >Carson really goes for the throat, which suits the tenor perfectly. But why didn't she do Medea?! Oh, I see Silverfish just wrote about them; good they're getting some notice. I think Grief Lessons has also been remaindered like crazy. I got my copy for a few bucks.Pretty funny that Stothard introduces Euripides….And on the other hand, I do like that each of the two fat Euripides volumes dwarfs Aeschylus and Sophocles. On the other hand, this still drives me nuts in its fatalistic arbitrariness(quoted from Wikipedia):"While the seven plays of Aeschylus and Sophocles that have survived were those considered their best, the manuscript containing Euripides' plays was part of a multiple volume, alphabetically-arranged collection of Euripides' works, rediscovered after lying in a monastic collection for approximately 800 years. The manuscript contains those plays whose (Greek) titles begin with the letters E (eta) to K (kappa). This accounts for the large number of extant plays of Euripides (among ancient dramatists, only Plautus, who lived 200 years after Euripides, has more surviving plays), the survival of a satyr play, and the absence of a trilogy."

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