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The Persians (Persae)

This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Gilbert Murray (1866-1957)

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Title:The Persians (Persae)
Murray, George Gilbert Aimé   
(29 of 41 for author by title)
The Problem of Foreign Policy
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(2 of 5 for author by title)
Prometheus Bound
The Eumenides (The Furies) of Aeschylus
Published:   1939
Publisher:George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
Tags:drama, fiction, Greek, tragedy

The oldest surviving Greek tragedy. It deals with a contemporary event: the reaction of the Persian court to the news of the Greek victory over the Persians at Salamis, a battle in which Aeschylus is believed to have fought. The tone of the play is surprisingly sympathetic to the Persians. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Murray, George Gilbert Aimé

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George Gilbert Aimé Murray, OM (2 January 1866 - 20 May 1957) was an Australian-born British classical scholar and public intellectual, with connections in many spheres. He was an outstanding scholar of the language and culture of Ancient Greece, perhaps the leading a. uthority in the first half of the twentieth century.

After emigrating to Britain with his mother in 1877, he became in 1889-1899, Professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow. After 1908 he was Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford.

Murray is perhaps now best known for his verse translations of Greek drama, which were popular and prominent in their time. As a poet he was generally taken to be a follower of Swinburne; and had little sympathy from the modernist poets of the rising generation. The staging of Athenian drama in English did have its own cultural impact. He had earlier experimented with his own prose dramas, without much success. He was one of the scholars associated with Jane Harrison in the myth-ritual school of mythography

He was a lifelong supporter of the Liberal Party, lining up on the Irish Home Rule and non-imperialist sides of the splits in the party of the late nineteenth century. He supported temperance, and married into a prominent Liberal, aristocratic and temperance family, the Carlisles.

For a brief period Murray became closely involved with the novelist H. G. Wells. Murray is often identified as a humanist, typically with some qualification ('classical', 'scholarly', 'engaged', 'liberal'). He wrote and broadcast extensively on religion (Greek, Stoic and Christian); and wrote several books dealing with his version of humanism.--Wikipedia.

Author Bio for Aeschylus

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Aeschylus (524-455 B.C.) was an ancient Greek playwright. He is often described as the father of modern tragedy. In his youth he fought against the Persians at Marathon and Salamis. He started writing plays in his mid-twenties. He wrote ninety plays of which seven have survived including "The Suppliant Women". The three plays, "Seven Against Thebes", "Prometheus Bound" and "Oresteia" form a trilogy which was a popular form in ancient Greece. He was the first to use a second actor in addition to the chorus which permitted for the first time dialogue between individuals. He also loved pageantry and many of his plays featured elaborate costumes. Tradition says that his costumes were so popular that the aristocracy copied them for their own vestments. (Benét's Readers' Encyclopedia)

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