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Sophocles: Electra

bySophoclesEditorJ. H. Kells

Paperback | March 30, 1973

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In this edition of Sophocles' Electra, one of the greatest tragedies in Greek or any literature, Mr Keels presents the play as a study in revenge, but in a subtle way whose meaning depends upon the continuous use of dramatic irony. He relates the confrontations of principle and character depicted to the social and political controversies of the period in which Sophocles was writing. The introduction describes the background to the play, explains some of the main features of Sophocles' style, and outlines an interpretation which is fully worked out in the detailed commentary. There are appendices on metre and the text. The edition is intended for use by senior school and undergraduate students, and all those concerned to read and appreciate the play in the original.
The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in traged...
Title:Sophocles: ElectraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.59 inPublished:March 30, 1973Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521097967

ISBN - 13:9780521097963


Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Electra; Commentary; Appendices; Indexes.

Editorial Reviews

'Kells assumes in most places a reader new to Greek drama, and has excellent sections on stichomythia, agon, lyric, and on Sophoclean style; textual problems are tackled with great clarity.' Joint Association of Classical Teachers