The Persae of Aeschylus

The Persae of Aeschylus

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. Aeschylus
Cambridge University Press, 8/6/2009
EAN 9780521118095, ISBN10: 0521118093

Paperback, 428 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

The Persae is the oldest of surviving plays and its subject matter is unique in ancient drama, since it is concerned with a recent historical event, the defeat of the Persians at Salamis; yet before the publication of this work in 1960, there had been no edition suitable for university students and scholars. This major edition - the first to be attempted on such a scale - incorporated much material that former editions had neglected, including a number of textual suggestions and elucidations. In his introduction, Dr Broadhead assesses the Persae as a work of dramatic art, considers how far Aeschylus' patriotism has coloured his presentation of the tragedy, discusses the possibility that the play is part of a tetralogy, and reviews the evidence for a Sicilian text. He also explains the principles followed in establishing the text, which is accompanied by select critical notes. There is a full-scale commentary, which takes account of the scholarship that was current when this volume was first published. The appendices form an important supplement, and include a conspectus of metres; notes on spirit raising, the tragic kommos, and Persian names; and an account of the battle of Salamis.

Select list of books and articles
1. Tragedy and patriotic celebration
2. Dramatic technique
3. Sicilian text
possible interpretation
4. Textual criticism
Appendices 1–6