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Medea and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 7 May 1998


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192824422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192824424
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hellenists and generalists alike have reason to rejoice ... adds to our understanding and appreciation of a poet-playwright who has never ceased to controversial ... comprises four major plays that are wonderful to have together. Edith Hall's introductory essays ... are eloquent and informative, deftly highlighting each play's chief issues ... several new insights into the texts, and sound explanations of the mythical background and ongoing action ... James Morwood's translations ... are extraordinary. In crisp prose ... these may be the easiest-to-read accurate versions that we are likely to see and, in the inexpensive World Classics edition are quite a bargain. No others ... lend themselves to such a ready reading ... The sheer clarity of the English is a considerable achievement. (Victor Castellani, The Classical Outlook/Fall 1999, Volume 77, no 1) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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James Morwood is Grocyn Lecturer at Wadham College, Oxford.

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By William on 4 Dec. 2013
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It took a while to get used to Morwood's translation, but it all comes together in some of the best speeches in Medea. I then re-read the selection and really enjoyed all the plays. Good introduction and notes too, especially for the non-academic reader still finding their way through the three great Greek dramatists (eg me!).
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2000
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This translation is best used as a crib for those struggling with the Greek. If, however, you want to read the 'Medea' in English, and experience it as a work of literature, you should under no circumstances acquire this. Its plodding, literal, painstaking rendition of Euripides' poetry (and Morwood is not a poet, not by any strech of the imagination) is enough for anyone to dismiss the 'Medea' as 'irrelevant', 'antique' and suchlike. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, but it's the impression that you will gain from this version. Academia at its worst.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John S. Purcell on 19 Dec. 2009
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James Morwwod provides the modern reader with a great series of translations of some of Euripides' best plays: The Medea, The Hippolytus, Electra and Helen.
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By DAWN MACK on 27 Nov. 2014
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Prompt delivery. Item as described
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