From the renowned contemporary American poet C. K. Williams comes this fluent and accessible version of the great tragedy by Euripides.
This book includes an introduction by Martha Nussbaum.
Martha Nussbaum's excellent introductory discussion of how Euripides examines Greek ideas about moral virtue, together with her well-selected bibliography on Dionysius and studies of The Bacchae, make this work a worthwhile purchase. There are still problems with the text, however. Noted poet Williams's translation of the choruses is clearly designed for the stage, containing repetitive lines that allow one actor to pick up and carry on the thought of another. Yet, as the inclusion of Nussbaum's scholarly essay indicates, the book attempts to serve two different audiences whose needs cannot be adequately fulfilled by a single volume. Ultimately, the essay provides a good beginning for analysis while the repetition of the choruses, which are quite striking when read aloud, makes the reader struggle to move forward in the text.-- Marjorie F. MacKenzie, GSLIS, Univ. of Washington, Seattle