Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Review: 'Sophocles. Greece and Rome.'

Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge, reviews Sophocles. Greece and Rome. by Patrick J. Finglass, New surveys in the classics, 44, at Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

"Finglass’ introduction to Sophocles is divided into two unequal parts. The first and shorter is entitled 'transmission'; the second, 'interpretation'. As one might expect from Finglass’ large-scale editions of Sophocles, the first section on transmission is very well-informed, neatly expressed and gives a student a clear introduction to how the manuscripts and, indeed, the image of Sophocles has come down to us. ...

" is in these chapters on interpretation where the book falls short, not so much because of its conservatism, but because its conservatism is poorly argued. ..."

See Sophocles, Plays, Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 5, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 4.

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