Aeschylus (ca. 525-456 BCE), the dramatist who made Athenian tragedy one of the world's great art forms, witnessed the establishment of democracy at Athens and fought against the Persians at Marathon. He won the tragic prize at the City Dionysia thirteen times between ca. 499 and 458, and in his later years was probably victorious almost every time he put on a production, though Sophocles beat him at least once.
Of his total of about eighty plays, seven survive complete. The first volume of this new Loeb Classical Library edition offers fresh texts and translations by Alan H. Sommerstein of Persians, the only surviving Greek historical drama; "Seven against Thebes," from a trilogy on the conflict between Oedipus' sons; "Suppliants," on the successful appeal by the daughters of Danaus to the king and people of Argos for protection against a forced marriage; and "Prometheus Bound" (of disputed authenticity), on the terrible punishment of Prometheus for giving fire to humans in defiance of Zeus.
The Loeb Classical Library, now almost a hundred years old and constituting over  volumes, has proven itself (like its French counterpart, the Bud series) an invaluable tool for scholars and students from all over the academic landscape. With Greek or Latin text on the left and English translation on the facing page, it provides quick, consistent and user-friendly access to a wide range of authors, and does not discriminate between those who want to read in the original and those who just want an English version...Alan Sommerstein's three-volume Aeschylus...is in many respects the best critical edition of this playwright available in any format. Sommerstein's authority as a linguist and expert in Aeschylean drama is second to none, and he has provided an up-to-date and carefully constituted text for the seven surviving plays, plus all of the fragmentary remains that are at least one line long. Important manuscript variants and modern conjectures are scrupulously recorded (making the page a little cluttered, but clear enough); and in addition he has provided copious notes, fuller and more numerous than is normal for a Loeb, on matters of myth, geography, history and interpretation.-- (02/12/2010)
Series: Loeb Classical Library : Book 1
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 13th January 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.5 x 10.8
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 145