The Bacchae


ISBN 978-1-935-244-20-2

About the Book

The Bacchae was the final play of Euripides, the last of Greece's great tragic playwrights, and it is a work that remains as challenging and controversial today as it was when first presented at the end of the fifth century B.C.E. It is unique as well in introducing the Greek god of erotic energy and passion, Dionysos, as the protagonist who drives the play to its relentless conclusion. Robert Zaller's new version of the classic text sharpens its themes for a modern audience, posing questions about the scope of desire and the need for order, the force of the irrational, and the quest for meaning and justice in a world that appears indifferent to human need.

About the Translator

Robert Zaller is Drexel University Professor of History Emeritus. His other adaptations of Greek drama include Euripides' Medea and Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and among his own works for the stage are The Revolution Trilogy, The Mayor of Nagasaki, The Shrink, and Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? His translations of modern Greek literature include the work of Lili Bita, and, with Bita, Thirty Years in the Rain: The Selected Poetry of Nikiforos Vrettakos.

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