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Robin Waterfield has translated numerous classical texts for OWC, including Plato's Republic, Herodotus' Histories and Plutarch's Greek Lives and Roman Lives Edith Hall is co-director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on ancient Greek drama and society, reviews and appears on radio and television. She has written introductions to the other four volumes of Euripides' plays in OWC. James Morwood has translated three volumes of Euripides' plays for OWC and is the author of The Plays of Euripides and A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases.


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HASH(0x95c5ade0) out of 5 stars A Recommended Translation 5 April 2015
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Robin Waterfield writes in a clear, accessible, contemporary manner. Some people like slightly archaic sounding translations to match the archaism of the original. My point of view, shared by many others, is that readers/listeners of the original Greek were listening to contemporary, though somewhat literary Greek. Therefore, a translation shouldn't sound archaic, but contemporary. Socrates, in Plato's writings, shouldn't sound like a nineteenth century English gentleman. He was talking to his contemporaries in the vernacular. If you share my preferences, you should buy this translation and if not, not. Also, the notes in these Oxford translations are copious and excellent. They can be easily ignored as they are end notes. But I found them very useful for understanding references. Writers of tragedies varied their language in the interests of avoiding repetition so they will say 'those who live by the Eurotas' rather than saying 'Spartans' or Lacedaemanians yet again - and if you don't know all the names of Ancient Greek rivers you won't know what he is talking about!
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