By H. D. F. Kitto
'Two issues provide Kitto's vintage publication its enduring freshness: he pioneered the method of Greek drama via inner artistry and thematic shape, and he regularly wrote in energetic and readable English.' - Oliver Taplin, college of Oxford, UK
Why did Aeschylus symbolize another way from Sophocles? Why did Sophocles introduce the 3rd actor? Why did Euripides no longer make higher plots? So asks H.D.F Kitto in his acclaimed learn of Greek tragedy, on hand for the 1st time in Routledge Classics.
Kitto argues that during spite of facing great ethical and highbrow questions, the Greek dramatist is principally an artist and the major to figuring out classical Greek drama is to aim and comprehend the tragic notion of every play. In Kitto’s phrases ‘We shall ask what the dramatist is striving to claim, now not what actually he does say approximately this or that.’ via an excellent research of Aeschylus’s ‘Oresteia’, the performs of Sophocles together with ‘Antigone’ and ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’; and Euripides’s ‘Medea’ and ‘Hecuba’, Kitto skilfully conveys the long-lasting inventive and literary brilliance of the Greek dramatists.
H.D.F Kitto (1897 – 1982) was once a well known British classical student. He lectured on the collage of Glasgow from 1920-1944 prior to changing into Professor of Greek at Bristol college, the place he taught till 1962.