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Sophocles Philoctetes is one of the most widely read Greek tragedies today but is a complex and challenging play to interpret Its representation of Philoctetes as a sufferer of physical and emotional pain gives it remarkable power and intensity It juxtaposes Homeric and fifth century institutions and values, explores honor, power and expediency as principles of personal and political life, and represents contrasts and conflicts between innocence and experience, ends and means, and the needs and demands of the individual and those of society This edition with commentary makes the play accessible to students, teachers, and other readers of Greek literature at all levels The introduction discusses the main problems of interpretation and gives an account of its reception from antiquity to the present day Sophocles: Philoctetes

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6 thoughts on “Sophocles: Philoctetes

  1. JCH JCH says:

    If you really want to know what made this play so popular over two thousand years ago and do not know Classical Greek then this is the translation for you It is a brilliant and poetic interpretation of Sophocles play that might almost make you want to learn the original language so that you can wallow in the original.

  2. Em @ Fantasy Book Review Em @ Fantasy Book Review says:

    Excellent edition with Greek and English translations Very helpful and detailed notes at the end.

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  4. Mary Claire Mary Claire says:

    I m a grad student in Classics and I gotta say, I love this book The notes are so very helpful that you could probably translate without a lexicon handy you will not like this if you don t like translation notes, which I am a big fan of I gotta say, he translates a lot of the lines, which is both good and bad bad for learning on your own through the struggle of trying to read Greek on your own, and good because if you are short

  5. Customer Customer says:

    The Green and Yellow edition is quite nice The commentary section isn t very extensive, and as such might prove difficult for a beginning Greek student But still a very nice edition.

  6. Customer Customer says:

    Schein s commentary is a bit sparse in places but on the whole tremendously helpful and erudite

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