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The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

A Commentary for Students

David Raeburn and Oliver Thomas

November 2011

ISBN: 9780199595617

368 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

In Stock

Price: £20.00

This commentary on Aeschylus' Agamemnon offers the reader a thorough introduction, extensive notes, and separate sections which explore Aeschylus' use of theatrical resources, an analysis of his distinctive poetic style and use of imagery, and an outline of the transmission of the play from 458 BC to the first printed editions.

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This commentary on Aeschylus' Agamemnon offers the reader a thorough introduction, extensive notes, and separate sections which explore Aeschylus' use of theatrical resources, an analysis of his distinctive poetic style and use of imagery, and an outline of the transmission of the play from 458 BC to the first printed editions.

  • The extensive notes in the commentary offer detailed grammatical help and aim to guide the reader through the many problems of text, language, and meaning.
  • An appendix discusses the metres and rhythms of the play, and encourages students to practise delivering these aloud in order to appreciate the musical dimension of Aeschylus' poetry.
  • The commentary draws attention to matters of staging, and is fully cross-referenced with the broad questions discussed in the introduction.
  • This commentary on Agamemnon is the first to be published in English since 1958.
  • A recording of the full text ofThe Agamemnon in Ancient Greek, for use in conjunction with the commentary, has been produced under the direction of David Raeburn. It is available on two CDs, together with explanatory notes, priced £9.99 plus postage from Blackwell's Bookshop (classics@blackwell.co.uk) and The Hellenic Bookservice (monica@hellenicbookservice.com).

About the Author(s)

David Raeburn, Rodewald Lector in Classical Languages, New College, University of Oxford., and Oliver Thomas, University Lecturer in Greek and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge University

David Raeburn read Literae Humaniores at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1949. After a career as a classics teacher and headmaster, he has been teaching classical languages an the University of Oxford since 1991. He played a leading role in establishing the Summer School in Ancient Greek, organized by the Joint Association of Classics Teachers, and is also known as a director of student productions of many Greek tragedies including Agamemnon, both in Greek and in translation.

Oliver Thomas graduated from New College, Oxford in 2004. He completed his doctorate in 2009, and is currently University Lecturer in Greek and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge University

Table of Contents

    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1:Agamemnon and the Oresteia
    2:The historical context of the Oresteia
    3:Aeschylus and previous versions of the myth
    4: The ideas in Agamemnon
    5: Aeschylus use of his medium
    6:Dramatic technique: the power of words
    7:The chorus
    8:The solo characters
    9: Language, imagery, and theme
    10:The transmission of Agamemnon
    Text
    Commentary
    Appendix: Sound and rhythm
    Works cited
    Index

Reviews

"Raeburn and Thomas have provided a comprehensive and reliable guide to the Agamemnon that will be of use to students and scholars alike." - Eric Dugdale, CJ-Online