Book Club | November 2018: Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes
Seven warriors, fierce regiment-commanders, slaughtered a bull over a black shield, and then touching the bulls gore with their hands they swore an oath by Arēs, by Enyo, and by Rout who delights in blood, that either they will level the city [polis] and sack the Kadmeians’ town [astu] by force [biā], or will in death smear this soil with their blood.
This month’s Book Club selection is the Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus. You can read any translation you like, but why not start with the heroized version available here on the Kosmos Society website!
The discussion starts and continues in the forum, and there will be Google+ Hangouts on Tuesday November 27, at 5 a.m. EST and 11 a.m. EST. The links will be posted in the forum on the day.
Here is the link to the “heroized” version:
Here are links to other translations available free online:
- Translation by George Theodoridis, Poetry in Translation
- Translation by Ian Johnston
- Translation by E.D.A. Morshead
- Translation by A.W. Verrall, archive.org (translation starts at page 147 as printed = p193 in the online view)
Greek text on Perseus, edited by Herbert Weir Smyth