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A History of Greek Literature Hardcover – 1 Mar 1950


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AESCHYLUS: A complete fifth-century Athenian, he was the creator of her proudest artistic achievement, tragedy. By using more than one actor he changed the form of plays from recited poetry to true dramatic dialogue, thereby making possible the sweeping grandeur of his great trilogy, THE ORESTEIA.<br><br>SOPHOCLES: The most popular tragedian of the Golden Age, he expanded the scope of classic drama by his technical innovations and lyric intensity, leaving the world such masterpieces as ANTIGONE and OEDIPUS THE KING, the play Aristotle called the perfect model of Greek tragedy.<br><br>EURIPIDES: A prolific author, Euripides wrote some one hundred plays. In contrast to his contemporaries, he brought an exciting-and, to the Greeks, a stunning-realism to the &quot;pure and noble&quot; form of tragedy. His influence altered drama forever, and he is regarded today as the originator of modern dramatic sensibility.<br><br>ARISTOPHANES: The most famous comic playwright of ancient Greece, he wrote what are now the only extant representative of Greek Old Comedy. His three outstanding characteristics-gross obscenity, exquisite lyricism, and a serious concern for decency and morality-may seem a strange combination to the modern reader. Aristophanes is still regarded by modern audiences as a master of risqu&#233; wit and brilliant comic invention.

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HASH(0x917947c8) out of 5 stars Great introduction 29 Aug. 2002
By magellan - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent work by outstanding scholar. Covers drama, poetry, history, philosophy, oratory, pretty much the whole gambit. Author dicusses literally hundreds of different writers. There is no way you will remember all of them, because besides the usual suspects like Herodotus, Homer, Thucydides, Sappho, Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, Apuleius (author of The Golden Ass, and no, it's not about Bill Gates, no matter how rich he is), and so on, there are hundreds of others you've probably never heard of, but at least after you've read this book, you will have seen their names mentioned in some context and learned something about each of them, and a lot more about the more prominent ones such as those mentioned above. It just goes to show you how many classical authors' work got preserved, and makes me wonder what got lost in the fire at the library at Alexandria.
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HASH(0x92126a38) out of 5 stars Two Stars 9 Dec. 2014
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