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- DescriptionThis handbook provides students and scholars with a highly readable yet detailed analysis of all surviving Greek tragedies and satyr plays. John Ferguson places each play in its historical, political, and social context-important for both Athenian and modern audiences-and he displays a keen, discriminating critical competence in dealing with the plays as literature. Ferguson is sensitive to the meter and sound of Greek tragedy, and, with remarkable success, he manages to involve even the Greekless reader in an actual encounter with the Greek as poetry. He examines language and metrics in relation to each tragedian's dramatic purpose, thus elucidating the crucial dimension of technique that other handbooks, mostly the work of philologists, reunce in order to concentrate on structure and plot. The result is perceptive criticism in which the quality of Ferguson's scholarship vouches for what he sees in the plays. The book is prefaced with a general introduction to ancient Greek theatrical production, and there is a brief biographical sketch of each tragedian. Foottes are avoided: the object of this handbook is to introduce readers to the plays as dramatic poetry, t to detail who said what about them. There is an extensive bibliography for scholars and a glossary of Greek words to assist the student with the operative moral and stylistic terms of Greek tragedy.
- Author BiographyJohn Ferguson (1921-1989) was Dean and Director of Studies in Arts at the Open University, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.
- Author(s)John Ferguson
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2012
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight1180 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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