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Book Review: Ancient Aesthetics Andrew S. Mason, Ancient Aesthetics. London, New York: Routledge, 2016. ix, 154. ISBN 9781138902428 $49.95 (pb).

Flanagan, T. (2017) Book Review: Ancient Aesthetics Andrew S. Mason, Ancient Aesthetics. London, New York: Routledge, 2016. ix, 154. ISBN 9781138902428 $49.95 (pb). Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2017.05.08 .

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Abstract

Reflecting on a performance of Euripides he had once seen in London starring Sybil Thorndike, T. S. Eliot recalled in a short piece several years later how although “the performance was certainly a success”, this had little to do with Gilbert Murray’s rendering of the original into English. Indeed, in Eliot’s assessment, “Miss Thorndike, in order to succeed as well as she did, was really engaged in a struggle against the translator’s verse”, since “Professor Murray has simply interposed between Euripides and ourselves a barrier more impenetrable than the Greek language”. In sum, while on that night “the audience was large, it was attentive, and its applause was long…The question remains whether the production was a ‘work of art’”...

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Bryn Mawr College
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59806
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