Collected Papers on Greek Tragedy

Sir Charles Willink was responsible for some of the most important advances in the study of the text and metre of Greek tragedy published in the last fifty years. With his unrivalled knowledge of tragic usage and ear for subtle rhythmical points, he was able to solve long-standing problems in areas ranging from metrical analysis to staging and the detection of interpolations, and many of his proposals have already been adopted in standard editions. This volume collects all Willink's published papers, except the two earliest, which are summarized. Three important new articles, on Euripides’ Helen, Medea, and Alcestis, are published for the first time, and additions and corrections to the published papers are included, together with an index of passages discussed.


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Biographical Note

C. W. Willink (1929–2009), Ph.D. (1989) in Classics, University of Cambridge, taught for many years at Eton College. His publications include Euripides: Orestes (1986, revised 1989).

W. Benjamin Henry, D.Phil. (2001) in Classics, University of Oxford, is an independent scholar. His publications include Pindar’s Nemeans: A Selection (2005), Philodemus: On Death (2009), and many articles on Greek poetry and papyrology.

Review Quotes

The significance of volumes of collected papers in the Classics covers a broad range: some are indifferent, some are indefensible, some are indispensable. This splendid gathering between two boards of the dense Kleine Schriften of Sir Charles Willink (1929-2009) is very firmly of the last category. The importance of Willink’s researches for scholars of Greek tragedy and/or metre has been immense over recent decades [...]
The book with which this formidable volume has most in common is John Jackson’s Marginalia Scaenica (1955), a collection [...] that amply bears witness to what a clear head, hard thought and curiosa felicitas (as much as felix curiositas) in emendation can bring the scholar. David Butterfield in BMCR, 31.5.2012

Table of contents


1. Some Problems of Text and Interpretation in the Bacchae (Summary)
2. A Problem in Aeschylus’ Septem (Summary)
3. Some Problems of Text and Interpretation in the Hippolytus
4. The Prologue of Iphigenia at Aulis
5. Prodicus, ‘Meteorosophists’ and the ‘Tantalus’ Paradigm
6. Review of M. L. West, Greek Metre (Oxford, 1982)
7. Sleep after Labour in Euripides’ Heracles
8. Euripides, Medea 1–45, 371–85
9. The Reunion Duo in Euripides’ Helen
10. The Parodos of Euripides’ Helen (164–90)
11. The Goddess Єὐλάβεια and Pseudo-Euripides in Euripides’ Phoenissae
12. Euripides, Supplices 71–86 and the Chorus of ‘Attendants’
13. Review of Conacher, Euripides Alcestis and Craik, Euripides Phoenician Women (Warminster, 1988)
14. Notes on the Parodos-Scene in Euripides’ Heraclidae, 73–117
15. Euripides, Supplices 42–70
16. Review of J. Diggle, The Textual Tradition of Euripides’ Orestes (Oxford, 1991)
17. Review of J. R. Porter, Studies in Euripides’ Orestes ( Mnemosyne Suppl. 128, 1994)
18. Review of W. Stockert, Euripides Hippolytus (Teubner, 1994)
19. Sophocles, Electra 137–9
20. Euripides, Hippolytus 145–50
21. Further Critical Notes on Euripides’ Hippolytus
22. Euripides, Hippolytus 1122–5 (Again)
23. Review of J. Chadwick, Lexicographica Graeca (Oxford, 1996)
24. Review of H. Lloyd-Jones and N. G. Wilson, Sophocles: Second Thoughts (Hypomnemata 100, 1997)
25. The Opening Speech of Sophocles’ Antigone
26. Notes on the Parodos and Other Cantica of Euripides’ Cyclops
27. Euripides, Andromache 103–125: Metre and Text
28. Again the Orestes Musical Papyrus
29. Critical Studies in the Cantica of Sophocles i. Antigone
30. Critical Studies in the Cantica of Sophocles ii. Ajax, Trachiniae, Oedipus Tyrannus
31. Critical Studies in the Cantica of Sophocles iii. Electra, Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonus
32. The Metre of Stesichorus PMG 15/192
33. The Invocations of Epaphus in Aeschylus, Supplices 40–57 and Euripides, Phoenissae 676–89
34. Euripides, Medea 131–213
35. Euripides, Hecuba 905–22
36. Euripides, Ion 763–803
37. Euripides, Bacchae 402–33
38. Further Critical Notes on Euripides’ Orestes
39. Studies in the Cantica of Euripides’ Rhesus
40. Aeschylus, Agamemnon 173–85 and 205–17
41. Aeschylus, Agamemnon 681–716
42. Critical Notes on the Cantica of Euripides’ Heracles
43. Review of C. Concilio, M. D’Aiuto, S. Polizio, La Tradizione Metrica della Tragedia Greca (Naples, 2002)
44. Hecuba 444–6/455–7, Helen 1465–77, Bacchae 565–75
45. Critical Notes on the Cantica of Euripides’ Andromache
46. Phaedra and ‘Chorus’ in Euripides’ Hippolytus
47. Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris 392–455
48. Sophocles, Antigone 23–5 and the Burial of Eteocles
49. The Second Stasimon of Euripides’ Electra
50. Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris 123–36
51. Euripides, Hippolytus 732–75
52. Sophocles, Antigone 891–928 and 929–43
53. Entrances, Exits and Locations in Aeschylus’ Persae
54. Aeschylus, Supplices 40–85
55. Euripides, Electra 432–86 and Iph. Taur. 827–99
56. Further on the Helen Reunion Duo
57. Further Notes on Euripides’ Medea
58. Critical Notes on the Cantica of Euripides’ Alcestis

Addenda and Corrigenda
Index Locorum


All students of Greek tragedy, metre, and textual criticism.


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