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Taplin, Oliver

Overview
Works: 121 works in 499 publications in 5 languages and 12,273 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  History  Mythological plays  Satyr plays  Illustrated works  Pictures  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, htt, Other, Dedicatee, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Opponent
Classifications: PA3975, 882.01
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Most widely held works by Oliver Taplin
Greek tragedy in action by Oliver Taplin( )

60 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is a book that championed new trends in the study of Greek drama, offering fresh readings of old texts and above all a dynamic sense of theatre. Oliver Taplin's viewpoint has proved to be both prophetic and influential."--Prof. Pat Easterling, University of Cambridge
Performance, iconography, reception : studies in honour of Oliver Taplin by Oliver Taplin( )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The editors of Performance, Iconography, Reception have assembled twenty-three papers from an international group of scholars who engage with, and develop, the seminal work of Oliver Taplin. For over three decades Oliver Taplin has been at the forefront of innovation in the study of Greek literature, and of the Greek theatre, tragic and comic, in particular. The studies in this volume centre on three key areas: the performance of Greek literature; the interactions between literature and the visual realm of iconography; and the reception and appropriation of Greek literature, and of Greek culture more widely, in subsequent historical periods."--BOOK JACKET
Greek fire by Oliver Taplin( Book )

34 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the ways in which the modern world has been inspired by, reacted against and changed by Greek culture. He demonstrates why a new view of the Greek ideal is surfacing today
The stagecraft of Aeschylus : the dramatic use of exits and entrances in Greek tragedy by Oliver Taplin( Book )

38 editions published between 1977 and 2001 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The visual effect of the staging of Aeschylus' plays was an essential part of their impact. All that survives today are the scripts but this book attempts to search for clues of Aeschylus' stagecraft in the texts of the plays themselves
Literature in the Greek and Roman worlds : a new perspective by Oliver Taplin( Book )

16 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophocles : four tragedies by Sophocles( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, influencing a vast array of artists and thinkers over the centuries. Disturbing and unrelenting, his tragedies portray what Matthew Arnold referred to as 'the turbid ebb and flow of human misery', allowing the audience to stand on the verge of the abyss and confront the waste and disorder of human existence. The heroic myths reinterpreted in the plays locate them within a world in which the extremes of human emotion in its darkest hours can be freely explored
Pots & plays : interactions between tragedy and Greek vase-painting of the fourth century B.C. by Oliver Taplin( Book )

18 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although Greek tragedy usually generates greater popularity and interest than comedy, past studies of the depiction on ceramic vases of theater scenes have mostly concentrated on comedies. A significant proportion of the vases with depictions of tragedy has been first published only in the last twenty-five years. There has been no sustained attempt to discuss these exciting additions in relation to tragedy, nor to reconsider the cultural context in the light of these discoveries." "Oliver Taplin here sets out to examine the previously understudied tragic scenes. Through detailed scrutiny of some 109 vases and vase fragments with depictions of Greek tragedies, he is able to identify plays and scenes by the great playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Some scenes can with great certainty be identified with surviving tragedies, while the author more tentatively suggests that others may depict scenes from tragedies that are now lost or survive only as fragments."--BOOK JACKET
Greek tragedy in action by Oliver Taplin( )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Taplin's seminal study was revolutionary in drawing out the significance of stage action in Greek tragedy at a time when plays were often read purely as texts, rather than understood as performances. Professor Taplin explores nine plays, including Aeschylus' agamemnon and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. The details of theatrical techniques and stage directions, used by playwrights to highlight key moments, are drawn out and related to the meaning of each play as a whole. With extensive translated quotations, the essential unity of action and speech in Greek tragedy is demonstrated. Now firmly established as a classic text, Greek Tragedy in Action is even more relevant today, when performances of Greek tragedies and plays inspired by them have had such an extraordinary revival around the world
Comic angels : and other approaches to Greek drama through vase-paintings by Oliver Taplin( Book )

33 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book opens a neglected chapter in the reception of Athenian drama, especially comedy, and gives center stage to a particularly attractive and entertaining series of vase-paintings which have generally been regarded as marginal curiosities. These are the so-called "phylax vases," nearly all painted in Greek cities of South Italy in the period 400 to 360 B.C. Until now, they have been taken to reflect a sort of local folk-theater, but Taplin argues that most, if not all, reflect Athenian comedy of the sort represented by Aristophanes. His bold thesis brings up questions about the relation of tragedy as well as comedy to vase painting, the cultural climate of the Greek cities in Italy, and the extent to which Athenians were aware of drama as a potential "export." It also enriches appreciation of many key aspects of Aristophanic comedy. The book has assembled 46 photographs of vase-paintings, many printed here for the first time outside specialist publications not readily accessible
Homeric soundings : the shaping of the Iliad by Oliver Taplin( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book combines the exploration of the 'ethics' of the Iliad with its poetic and narrative techniques, all the way from touches of phrasing to the shaping of whole scenes and the interaction between scenes often separated by thousands of lines. These two approaches to the Iliad--through 'content' and through 'form'--are found to be inextricably worked together, which is why the book consists of 'soundings' or sample explorations, where larger arguments branch out from the observation of details in the formation of particular passages." "Homer was an archaic poet, and even if he could write he surely created the poems to be heard. It has generally been held that this rules out the possibility of intricate complexities--the discoveries of many re-readings. This book maintains the contrary position: the kind of artistry uncovered, especially the long-distance interconnections, would be more rather than less accessible if perceived aurally. Furthermore, if the form and timing of the sessions were arranged by the performer, then this opens up further opportunities for shapings, patterns that would be more apparent when heard in real time than they are inside the uniform format of printed pages." "These 'soundings' should interest those experienced in other literatures and cultures. All quotations of Greek are also given in translation."--Jacket
A dictionary of classical Greek quotations by Oliver Taplin( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Human wisdom is of little or no value', wrote Plato in his Apology. And yet the ancient Greeks, including Plato himself, more than any other people of antiquity were fascinated by the pursuit of the wisdom they called philosophia. That search for knowledge involved an extensive use of maxims and quotations, as we can see from those expressions of Homer prefaced by the phrase 'as people say'. Homer, the Seven Sages and the Pre-Socratic philosophers are still extensively quoted in all the major western languages. Yet for all their popularity, until now there has been no single resource to which interested readers might turn. This unique reference book offers one of the most comprehensive selections of Greek quotations ever committed to print. With its English text matched by the original Greek, the volume collects 7500 entries, ranging from the archaic period to late antiquity, and across philosophy, drama, poetry, history, science and medicine, each indexed with key words to enable fast sourcing. Together, these selections provide an incomparable insight into the glories of Greek civilization"--Publisher website
Sophocles : four tragedies : Oedipus the King, Aias, Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, influencing a vast array of artists and thinkers over the centuries. Disturbing and unrelenting, his tragedies portray what Matthew Arnold referred to as 'the turbid ebb and flow of human misery', allowing the audience to stand on the verge of the abyss and confront the waste and disorder of human existence. The heroic myths reinterpreted in the plays locate them within a world in which the extremes of human emotion in its darkest hours can be freely explored. It is, however, the creativity of Sophocles' plays which prevents them from descending into unbridled chaos or despair. The unflinching engagement with heartrending suffering reveals strengths held within the carefully crafted poetry, lyricism, and movement. There is, as Taplin writes, 'no blinking, no evasion, no palliative. ... Out of apparently meaningless suffering comes meaning and form.' This original and distinctive verse translation of four of Sophocles' plays conveys the vitality of his poetry and the vigour of the plays as performed showpieces, encouraging the reader to relish the sound of the spoken verse and the potential for song within the lyrics. Each play is accompanied by an introduction and substantial notes on points of fact and interpretation, drawing on the translator's many years of lecturing on Sophocles at the University of Oxford."--Publisher information
Literature in the Roman world( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume, we are offered a new perspective on Roman literature, based on the conviction that our present appreciation for it should be informed and influenced by how it was originally perceived. From the beginning of the Roman Empire to the end of the classical era, this book focuses on the "receivers" of Roman literature-the readers, spectators, and audiences who first witnessed the works. Six contributors map out the lively and provocative surveys, covering the kinds of literature that have shaped Western culture--epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, history, philosophy, elegy, satire, biography, and panegyric." http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0611/2001126090-d.html
Medea in performance 1500-2000( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pronomos vase and its context( Book )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive and fully illustrated collection of essays on the Pronomos Vase, the single most important piece of pictorial evidence for ancient theatre to have survived from ancient Greece
Euripides by Eurípides( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides V includes the plays?The Bacchae,? translated by William Arrowsmith;?Iphigenia in Aulis,? translated by Charles R. Walker;?The Cyclops,? translated by William Arrowsmith; and?Rhesus,? translated by Richmond Lattimore. Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, those translations combined accuracy, poetic immediacy, and clarity of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so lively and compelling that they remain the standard translations. Today, Chicago is taking pains to ensure that our Greek tragedies remain the leading English-language versions throughout the twenty-first century. In this highly anticipated third edition, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. Most have carefully updated the translations to bring them even closer to the ancient Greek while retaining the vibrancy for which our English versions are famous. This edition also includes brand-new translations of Euripides? Medea, The Children of Heracles, Andromache, and Iphigenia among the Taurians, fragments of lost plays by Aeschylus, and the surviving portion of Sophocles?s satyr-drama The Trackers. New introductions for each play offer essential information about its first production, plot, and reception in antiquity and beyond. In addition, each volume includes an introduction to the life and work of its tragedian, as well as notes addressing textual uncertainties and a glossary of names and places mentioned in the plays. In addition to the new content, the volumes have been reorganized both within and between volumes to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship on the order in which the plays were originally written. The result is a set of handsome paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to these foundational works of Western drama, art, and life
Literature in the Greek world( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oresteia : Agamemnon, Women at the graveside, Orestes at Athens by Aeschylus( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This spellbinding, groundbreaking translation reenergizes Aeschylus' enduring saga of split loyalties, bloody sacrifice, and the efforts to bring peace after generations of strife. The most renowned of Aeschylus' tragedies and one of the foundational texts of Western literature, the Oresteia trilogy is about cycles of deception and brutality within the ruling family of Argos. In Agamemnon, afflicted queen Clytemnestra awaits her husband's return from war to commit a terrible act of retribution for the murder of her daughter. The next two plays, radically retitled here as The Women at the Graveside and Orestes in Athens, deal with the aftermath of the regicide, Orestes' search to avenge his father's death, and the ceaseless torment of the young prince. A powerful discourse on the formation of democracy after a period of violent chaos, The Oresteia has long illuminated the tensions between loyalty to one's family and to the greater community. Now, Oliver Taplin's "vivid and accessible translation" (Victoria Mohl) captures the lyricism of the original, in what is sure to be a classic for generations to come. --
Aeschylus, the Oresteia : the texts of the plays, ancient backgrounds and responses, criticism by Aeschylus( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a new translation of the fifth-century B.C.E. Greek tragedy--a trilogy of revenge and murder within the royal family of Argos--with explanatory annotations by the editors
Greek fire( Visual )

10 editions published between 1989 and 2019 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A series of ten half-hour video essays that explore the pervasive effect of ancient Greece on our lives today"--Publisher's brochure
 
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Performance, iconography, reception : studies in honour of Oliver TaplinThe stagecraft of Aeschylus : the dramatic use of exits and entrances in Greek tragedyLiterature in the Greek and Roman worlds : a new perspectiveSophocles : four tragediesPots & plays : interactions between tragedy and Greek vase-painting of the fourth century B.C.Greek tragedy in actionComic angels : and other approaches to Greek drama through vase-paintingsHomeric soundings : the shaping of the Iliad
Alternative Names
Oliver Taplin British classical scholar

Oliver Taplin espertu n'estudios clásicos británicu

Taplin, O. 1943-

Taplin Oliver 1943-....

Taplin, Oliver Paul.

Taplin, Oliver Paul, 1943-

タプリン, オリヴァー

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