9780812216523: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1998

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 296

Series Penn Greek Drama Series

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.


The Grouch, Desperately Seeking Justice, Closely Cropped Locks, The Girl from Samos, The Shield

Edited by
David R. Slavitt
Edited and translated by
Palmer Bovie
Contributions by
Sheila D'Atri
Richard Elman

The comedies of Menander reveal that the oft-employed theme of mistaken identity is as old as the Great Dionysia.

Paperback / £18.99

The Penn Greek Drama Series presents original literary translations of the entire corpus of classical Greek drama: tragedies, comedies, and satyr plays. It is the only contemporary series of all the surviving work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.

The translations in this volume are by Sheila D'Atri, Palmer Bovie, and Richard Elman.

Introduction by Sheila D'Atri
The Grouch (Dyskolos)
—Translated by Sheila D'Atri
Desperately Seeking Justice (Epitrepontes)
—Translated by Sheila D'Atri and Palmer Bovie
Closely Cropped Locks (Perikeiromene)
—Translated by Sheila D'Atri and Palmer Bovie
The Girl from Samos (Samia)
—Translated by Richard Elman
About the Translators

"Don't look for the wild and woolly—these were put together by wordsmiths. . . . But they are a far cry from some of the stodgier translations."—Washington Post

"A boon for classicists and general readers alike. For the reader who comes to tragedy for the first time, these translations are eminently 'accessible.' . . . For the classicist, these versions constitute an ambitious reinterpretation of traditional masterpieces."—Boston Book Review

"The 12-volume set will offer readers new verse translations of the complete surviving tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as the surviving comedies of Aristophanes and Menander. The complete line of Greek theater classics has not been offered to readers since 1938."—Publishers Weekly

"Directness, vivid imagery, and rhetorical music prevail in different cadences."—San Francisco Chronicle