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The formidable talents of Anthony Hecht one of the most gifted of contemporary American poets and Helen Bacon a classical scholar are here brought to bear on this vibrant translation of Aeschylus' much underrated tragedy The Seven Aga. The Seven Against Thebes is a play centered around the prelude to the attack on Thebes by seven warlords including one of Oedipus sons I like to think of it as a preuel to Antigone in fact I think I could throw this play in with the Theban plays of Sophocles even though it was a different playwright who wrote it That being said if this play is read before the Theban plays it ties in very very wellI didn t think that this was Aeschylus best play ever in fact it is one of the weaker ones that I have read by The Coquette and the Boarding School read by

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Ices each by the others hand Long dismissed by critics as ritualistic and lacking in dramatic tension Seven Against Thebes is revealed by Hecht and Bacon as a work of great unity and drama one exceptionally rich in symbolism and image. In Shakespeare s Richard the Second the entire first act is spent preparing for a duel between two characters Then just as the blade to blade action is ready to begin the duel is called off by the king denying the audience of any momentary climax Imagine that Act as an entire play and you ve got Seven Against Thebes It s like a boxing match in which all we hear is the opening ring announcer and then the post fight commentary Seriously the majority of the play is spent proclaiming who will fight who This comes The Homelanders (The Homelanders, ritualistic and lacking in dramatic tension Seven Against Thebes is Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. revealed by Hecht and Bacon as a work of great unity and drama one exceptionally Burning Attraction rich in symbolism and image. In Shakespeare s Richard the Second the entire first act is spent preparing for a duel between two characters Then just as the blade to blade action is The Numbers Game ready to begin the duel is called off by the king denying the audience of any momentary climax Imagine that Act as an entire play and you ve got Seven Against Thebes It s like a boxing match in which all we hear is the opening Tall man riding. ring announcer and then the post fight commentary Seriously the majority of the play is spent proclaiming who will fight who This comes

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Inst Thebes The third and only remaining play in a trilogy dealing with related events The Seven Against Thebes tells the story of the Argive attempt to claim the Kingdom of Thebes and of the deaths of the brothers Eteocles and Polyne. Structurally this play reminded me a bit of The Suppliants a lot of action is crammed into the pages of this tiny play dealing with themes such as war the curse of Oedipus determinismfate as they relate to this and brotherly conflict with Eteocles and Polyneices the Cain and Abel of this little work but as with The Suppliants we are told about the action before it unfolds and after it has been unfolded Whereas Shakespeare often shows us the action in the process of unfolding Aeschylus characters simply recoun Tall man riding. remaining play in a trilogy dealing with The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory related events The Seven Against Thebes tells the story of the Argive attempt to claim the Kingdom of Thebes and of the deaths of the brothers Eteocles and Polyne. Structurally this play The Big Golden Book of Poetry reminded me a bit of The Suppliants a lot of action is crammed into the pages of this tiny play dealing with themes such as war the curse of Oedipus determinismfate as they Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, recoun


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  1. says:

    When a curse arising from an ancient oracle Falls due the settlement is heavy3 12This is the second of seven plays by Aeschylus which have survived It was written around 467 BC It was probably not given this name when first performed in Athe

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    Poor Polynices and Eteocles though to be honest Eteocles is an asshat The whole thing was justSo yeah Basically cursed by their grandfather Laius for disobeying Apollo and compounded by their father Oedipus Yikes You knew it wasn't going to end well Antigone is still my girl gotta reread it HERALDI forbid you to act thus in violation of the cityANTIGONEI forbid you to make useless proclamations to me Best part of this

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    The Seven Against Thebes is a play centered around the prelude to the attack on Thebes by seven warlords including one of Oedipus' sons I like to think of it as a preuel to Antigone; in fact I think I could throw this play in with the Theban plays of Sophocles even though it was a different playwright who wrote it That be

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    Structurally this play reminded me a bit of The Suppliants a lot of action is crammed into the pages of this tiny play dealing with themes such as war the curse of Oedipus determinismfate as they relate to this an

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    The jealous rivalry of two brothers12 March 2012 When we come to Aeschylus we must remember that this is drama at its most primitive This is because the works of Aeschylus are the oldest form of drama that remains extant It appears that Aeschylus wrote most of his plays as trilogies and unfortunately we only h

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    Fate and sibling rivalry

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    33 Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylustranslated from Ancient Greek by George Theodoridis 2010performed 467 bce format 50 page length webpage Jun

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    In Shakespeare's Richard the Second the entire first act is spent preparing for a duel between two characters Then just as the blade to blade

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    SPOILER ALERT One of the worlds oldest plays but it nonetheless is a read worthwhile It is an interesting exploration of the human condition a king is forced to fight his own brother in order to protect his own

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    I liked Heaney's adaptation of Sophocles 'Antigone' the this Aeschylus original I mention Heaney's because the play revolves around the same storyline but obviously different angles and authors My challenge with this play is that the action is narrated second hand rather than directly between Eteocles and Poly