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Aeschylus: The Suppliants

Aeschylus: The Suppliants

Copyright Date: 1991
Pages: 88
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    Aeschylus: The Suppliants
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    An extraordinary drama of flight and rescue arising from women's resistance to marriage, The Suppliants is surprising both for its exotic color and for its forceful enactment of the primal struggle between male and female, lust and terror, brutality and cunning. In his translation of this ancient Greek drama, Peter Burian introduces a new generation of readers to a powerful work of Aeschylus' later years. He conveys the strength and daring of Aeschylus' language in the idiom of our own time, while respecting what is essentially classical in this dramatist's art: the rigor of the formal constraint with which he compresses high emotion to the bursting point. The Suppliants, which is the first and only surviving part of a trilogy, does not conform to our expectations of Greek drama in that it has neither hero, nor downfall, nor tragic conclusion. Instead the play portrays unresolved conflicts of sexuality, love, and emotional maturity. These distinctly modern themes come alive in a translation that re-creates the psychological immediacy as well as the dramatic tension of this ancient work.

    Originally published in 1991.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6161-3
    Subjects: Performing Arts

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xxvi)

    Aeschylus’Suppliantshas long since passed from the hands of educated generalists to those of the specialist. Whatever reputation it had was due to the long-standing belief that its preponderance of choral lyric made it the earliest extant tragedy, an archaic work of not much later than 490 b.c. That theory was exploded in the 1950s by the publication of a scrap of Egyptian papyrus that almost certainly assignsSuppliantsto the mid-46os. Take away primacy of date, and what is left is a Greek tragedy that resolutely refuses to include most of the elements we expect of Greek tragedy:...

  5. The Suppliants

  6. NOTES
    (pp. 55-60)
  7. Back Matter
    (pp. 61-62)