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By Professor James C. Hogan B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
James C. Hogan introduces each one play via highlighting particular and interpretive difficulties correct to that play sooner than turning to a line-by-line research. the road research is entire, starting from the meanings of phrases and words that pertain to various Greek rules and associations to metaphor and imagery particular to every play in addition to plots and borrowings from previous poetry, kinds, and characterizations.Along along with his exam of the seven extant performs of Sophocles in English translations, Hogan offers a common creation to the theatre in Sophocles’ time, discussing staging, the conventions of the Greek theatre, the textual content of the performs, and mythology and faith.
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Extra resources for A commentary on the plays of Sophocles
In some matters, for example the identification of allusion to myth, there may be relatively little disagreement among scholars. On more problematic issues such as textual corruption, difference of opinion is inevitable. Whatever the nature of the emendation, the reader should understand that the disagreement over the proper text is usually far from an arbitrary preference for one interpretation over another, but in fact represents the effort of the scholarly tradition to discover our best approximation to the fifth-century Greek text.
Like all such victims in myth, Laius attempts to avoid "fate": he exposes the child, thinking to have it killed. By chance it is saved; by chance it grows up to find occasion to consult the oracle on its own behalf. " Thus the oracle to Oedipus, who, like his father, attempts to avoid this evil lot. The god knows; he does not condemn, he does not give reasons, but when Oedipus is happily married to his mother and deep in sin, a plague comes on Thebes. Not a plague sent by Apollo, not one necessarily sent by any god, just a plague caused, as the oracle on request announces, by a polluted murderer.
Don Vrabel of Allegheny's Pelletier Library was constantly prompt and helpful in securing interlibrary loans. Several friends have read parts of the manuscript and offered useful notes. I wish to thank John Hanners, Dan Hooley, Gordon Kirkwood, Jim McGlew, David Schenker, Bill Scott, and Brit Smith for their suggestions and encouragement. I am particularly grateful to my friend and colleague of twenty years, Sam Edwards, for his good company. Allen Fitchen came to my aid at a crucial moment. I dedicate this book to my wife Aurelia, who is due far more.
A commentary on the plays of Sophocles by Professor James C. Hogan B.A. M.A. Ph.D.