- Hardcover: 492 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (10 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521848903
- ISBN-13: 978-0521848909
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 988,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Greek Tragic Style: Form, Language and Interpretation Hardcover – 10 May 2012
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'Rutherford's book … fills a sizable gap in scholarship. … Becuse he has translated all the Greek that he copiously quotes, anyone with an interest in the subject can enjoy the riches of the book.' Choice
'The value of R.'s work lies in the fact that it puts its finger decisively on many important topics and provides ample stimulus for further debate. Its clarity and rigour of presentation are hard to fault, its discussions of individual passages are satisfyingly complex and thoughtful, and above all it is a timely reminder of the importance of treating tragedy as poetry.' Matthew Wright, The Classical Review
Greek tragedy is widely read and performed, but outside the commentary tradition detailed study of the poetic style and language of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides has been relatively neglected. This book seeks to fill that gap by providing an account of the poetics of the tragic genre.See all Product description
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'Form, Language, and Interpretation.' The subtitle is apt. The large-scale architecture of the plays, the speeches, the stories considered, the interlocking detail of the wording that is used, its rhetorical structure and its versification, and the relevance of all of these to the plays as dramatic theatrical utterances appear in perfect balance, one or more moving to the front every now and then but never being allowed to eclipse the others. A wonderful scholarly and critical achievement. Deserves to be thoroughly praised.