Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1 by David Grene

Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1

In three paperback volumes, the Grene and Lattimore editions offer a selection of the most important and characteristic plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides from the nine-volume anthology of The Complete Greek Tragedies. Over the years these authoritative, critically acclaimed editions have been the preferred choice of more than three million readers for personal libraries and individual study as well as for classroom use.

Details Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1

TitleGreek Tragedies, Vol. 1
Release DateFeb 24th, 1992
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
GenreClassics, Plays, Fantasy, Mythology, Drama, Literature, Fiction

Reviews Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1

  • Amrita
    the moral of the story is that zeus sucks; never trust a god that can wield lightning bolts and rule like, all of existence but still spends all his time messing with mortals because he can
  • Amir Atef
    وما التراجيديا سوى سوفوكليس وأيسخيليوس وهيبوليتوس ويوربيديس ؟وبالأخص سوفوكليسذلك الكاتب الذي عبر .. وبقوة عن معاناة الإنسان ونوازع النفس البشرية على خشبة مسرحهأوديب ملكا .. تلك المسرحية التي انبثق منها عدة أعمال أخرى أفادت الإنسانيةوبطل مأساوي ت...
  • Sabrina
    Required text for school, otherwise I would not have purchased this book - Grene's translation pales in comparison to that of Smyth and other translators. Grene does a very poor job - I compared him line-by-line to a few others. The best translation of Prometheus Bound is by Smyth:
  • Belphoebe Merkle
    It got better and better as it went, Oedipus and Hippolytus were definitely my favorites as far as how they were told and what they instilled in the audience.
  • James Swenson
    I recently read and reviewed the Oresteia of Aeschylus, translated by Richmond Lattimore. [I didn't like it that much.] The present work was much more entertaining. The five plays collected here are selected from The Complete Greek Tragedies - 4 Vol Set -- perhaps they are the greatest hits.Agamemnon is pretty slow, but Prometheus Bound is rather remarkable. While most of the tragedies are fairly pious, this one is iconoclastic. It is no surprise...
  • Gregorio Pineda
    This only pertains to Sophocles: Oedipus the King. It was my first time reading this story and wasn't that difficult to follow. This translation is done well and is simple for the reader to follow the scenes. There always seems to be a bit of action going on in this story. What I mean by that is there is always tension through the story which creates a healthy amount of suspense that engages the reader. There are moments of relief but they do not...
  • Lauren
    It's tough to give a balanced review on this book, considering that it contains 5 separate plays-by three separate authors. I enjoyed all of them, though it can be a bit rough to read 5 Greek tragedies in succession. Most of the stories I was already familiar with, and some I had even read before, but I think my favorite was Antigone-I actually got caught up in the climax in the end, which I generally wasn't expecting. I intend to read the rest o...
  • Stephanie Ricker
    This week’s reading included a book of Greek tragedies. So far I’ve read Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Oedipus the King, and I’m working on Antigone. I’m not really a big fan of Greek mythology (compared to other mythologies), and somehow I thought I would feel similarly about Greek tragedies. So far, though…I have to say, I’m really enjoying them. I prefer tragedies (or at least histories) to comedies when it comes to plays anyway, an...
  • Scott Simmons
    Yes, I did enjoy reading these plays but I was more in awe by their production. Aside from the chorus or orchestra (the extras), only three actors played all the characters in the play. And it just wasn't one play that Aeshylus, Sophocles or Euripedes created. They wrote three tragedies and a comedy to be performed in competition for their audiences.What also helped in understanding and appreciating these plays was to listen to some lectures by E...
  • Michael
    Prometheus Bound is one of those overlooked tragedies that nonetheless has a lot of significance underlying its plot structure. Prometheus is like the terrorist who knows the plot while the bumbling powers that be cannot fathom that their own world is in peril and could collapse at any moment. The Hippolytus is a display of divine cruelty and injustice even in the structure of justice that functions in Greek religious, political and social though...
  • James Badger
    Do you like tales of women scorned who go on murderous rampages? If so, then this compilation of Greek tragedies is for you! Watch as several men make the mistake of bringing home a young war bride only to be murdered in their sleep by a jealous wife. And that's not all! Watch a tormented Oedipus come to the realization of all the terrible things he has accidentally done in fulfillment of prophecy, all of which gave Freud a basis for his most coc...
  • Tiffany
    If you're a fan of the culture and/or literature of Ancient Greece, then this book is pretty much a must-read. It has five of the greatest surviving Greek tragedies from three of the most famous playwrights of the ancient world. More than that, the translations are superb and the notes, when needed to be included, are quite helpful,resulting in some of the best versions of these works that can be found anywhere. For those unfamiliar, I can also s...
  • Rikkert Kuijper
    For anyone picking up this particular edition, if you start with Agamemnon, you might be put off rather quickly. It's the most difficult one to read, and has a very distinct style when compared to the others. Background knowledge of Greek mythology is pretty helpful as well, I personally read Hamilton while reading this. Great stories and phrasing, they've probably conned me into spending 20 more euros on PII&III.
  • Jim
    Agamemnon - Aeschylus - translated by Richard Lattimore - four starsPrometheus Bound - David Grene - three starsOedipus the King - Sophocles - translated by David Grene - five starsAntigone - Sophocles - translated by Elizabeth Wyckoff - four starsHippolytus - Euripides - translated by David Grene - five stars
  • Brian
    Excellent, poetic translations. The only drawback is the three plays comprising Aeschylus's Oreisteia are spread over all three volumes and the Theban Plays of Sophocles are spread over Volumes 1 and 3. It should be noted that I paid $1.50, $1.50, and $1.95 for these volumes in 1970 or thereabouts.
  • Elise
    - I finished "Agamemnon" and now I've moved on to the second book, just to keep with the trilogy.- I liked "Prometheus Bound" a lot. - "Oedipus the King" is really a downer. And he's such a jerk. I forgot what a jerk he was. - Antigone - fabulous, I see why people read this in survey classes.- Hippolytus - Euripides is pretty jazzy.
  • Danielle Mccormick
    The three big shots of Ancient Greek play writing all in one. You really can't go wrong. My personal favorite is Prometheus Bound (the first play ever written to include more than one character on set at a time) but there's going to be something in here for everyone who loves Mythology and/or Greek plays.
  • Sarah
    A solid three stars.I'm usually hesitant to award more than three in the case of dramatic works, as so very much depends on the director's choices and the production itself. In this case, the collection is an excellent introduction to Greek tragedies, but the scholarly notes left much to be desired.
  • Jesse Whyte
    My favorite translator of the tragedies. Not much (if anything) in the way of notes, but the introduction is fantastic and the text is very readable without stepping on the original intent of the Greek.
  • Morgan Lammert
    I read Antigone and Prometheus Bound, and both plays were ok. However, the Getty Villa production of Prometheus Bound was great. So maybe I should see Antigone somewhere to improve my opinion of it.
  • Colleen
    Agammemnon by AechylusYou may sacrifice your daughter but the sins of your father may come back to haunt you. Sacrifice to the gods to appease them or to ask for something from them.Prometheus BoundWhy does Zeus despise man?
  • Diego Fleitas
    A very compelling read! People always say start with the Greeks, and more than anything I'm pleasantly entertained by so many of the domestic issues touched on and how they mirror the modern family well! Only with less murder and oracles. Very good read!
  • Kristen
    Read this in college for my Greek Tragedies was by far one of my favorite classes in my entire college career. Antigone is one of my favorite Greek tragedies of all time. Good, classic reads...
  • Ari
    The translation is clunky and the notes are sparse. I recently read Svarlien's translation of Medea and found it more enjoyable than I did this set of plays.
  • Emily Sorrells
    My only wish is that this have more information about the texts; footnotes would have been appreciated. However, these translations are remarkably easy to grasp and beautifully rendered.
  • Joe Spencer
    Not much tops Greek tragedy!