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Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans$
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Christopher Collard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675730.001.0001

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The Study of Greek Tragedy

The Study of Greek Tragedy

Part of an Inaugural Lecture under this title, University College of Swansea 1976

(p.3) 1 The Study of Greek Tragedy
Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans

Christopher Collard

Liverpool University Press

This paper (an Inaugural Lecture) discusses the fundamental tasks of scholar and student: the closest possible comprehension of the text must precede, but also aid, appreciation of vocabulary, style and poetic idiom; then comes understanding of dramatic form; last, attention to cultural background and presuppositions. All these must be woven into play-commentaries and general studies which inform the reader, but are frank with problems, and which suggest to the sensibility. A final section raises the difficulties and methods of translating tragic texts (the author has translated Aeschylus) – but also the rewards, not least in widening access to their artistic and emotive power.

Keywords:   comprehension, appreciation, poetic idiom, dramatic form, cultural background, translations

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