Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 August 2005

512 Pages

8 4/5 X 6 inches

ISBN: 9781904675457

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Gilbert Murray's Euripides

The Trojan Women and Other Plays

Gilbert Murray and James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

In the story of the reception of Greek tragedy throughout the English-speaking world, Murray is a figure of immense importance. He unlocked the gates of commercial theatre to its performance - and its performance in verse - on both sides of the Atlantic, bringing to the project his enormous personal prestige, especially after his election to the Regius Chair of Greek at Oxford (1908).His Oxford Classical Text of all the complete plays of Euripides lent scholarly weight to his theatrical enterprise; for, passionate though he was about communicating Greek culture to the widest possible public (by the 1920s over a quarter of a million copies of the translations had been sold), he could never be written off as a mere popularizer. Most significant of all, he laid down in the early years of the twentieth century the terms on which scholar and public alike have viewed Greek drama throughout its course and into the twenty-first. It was Murray who insisted, from the pulpit of the popular stage, on the politi


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