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Review Of Conacher, Euripides Alcestis And Craik, Euripides Phoenician Women (Warminster, 1988)

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For Alcestis Conacher was able to print Diggles text from Euripidis Fabulae i, needing only to simplify the apparatus, and to lean heavily on Dales commentary, for Phoenissae, in a play with far more taxing textual problems, Craik shoulders the responsibility of printing her own text, and there has been no English edition since that of Powell. Of the translations, Craiks wins on points for both style and accuracy; and only hers is properly lineated against the Greek text, with the sung parts clearly differentiated. This chapter outlines the other defects and errors in Con.s edition. Conacher is content with blocks of prose throughout, introduced, when not spoken dialogue, by (singing) or (chanting) after the speaker-designation. By contrast, Craiks workmanlike, up-to-date, attractively presented and well proof-read Phoenician Women merits appraisal on an entirely different plane.

Keywords: Alcestis; Conacher; Craik; Diggle; Euripidis Fabulae; Greek text; Phoenician Women



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