Show Less

Hellenic Whispers

Modes of Greek Literary Influence in Seventeenth-Century French Drama


Susanna Phillippo

Hellenic Whispers builds a picture of how Greek literature was received and reworked by the authors of seventeenth-century French tragedy. Using case studies, the author establishes a new methodology for exploring the variety of responses and creative processes involved in these encounters with classical Greek material. The book explores the complex interactions surrounding these adaptations of Greek dramatic material, involving the input of scribes, editors, translators and earlier authors, and asks the important question of what these dramatists conceived of themselves as doing. Focusing on a time and place where cultural predilections and a lack of linguistic training made engagement with the original Greek texts problematic, the book explores the creative role of intermediary sources, the build-up of chain reactions between sources and the cumulative processes of recreation involved in the genesis of seventeenth-century dramatic texts. The volume also goes on to explore wider questions relevant to the classical tradition and issues of ‘source study’ and reception.


Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Select Bibliography


Primary Texts [Anon.], Innocentia, sive ab Iphigenia Orestes liberatus (Linz: J.J. Mayr, 1680) Benoît de Sainte-Maure, Roman de Troie, ed. L. Constans, 6 vols (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1904–12) Berthrand, Fr [Berthrand d’Orléans], Tragédie de Pryam Roÿ de Troie (Rouen: R. du Petit-Val, 1605) [Bochetel], La Tragédie d’Euripide nommée Hecuba. Traduicte de Grec en rhythme Francoise, dediée au Roy (Paris: R. Estienne, 1550)1 Boer, C. de (ed.), ‘Ovide moralisé’: poème du commencement du quatorzième siècle…, 5 vols (Amsterdam: Uitgevers-Maatschappij, 1915–36) Boileau, N., Œuvres complètes, ed. F. Escal, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade 188 (Paris: Gallimard, 1966) Boyer, C., Agamemnon: tragédie, 2nd edn (Paris: Jacques Vincent, 1706) Buchanan, G., Jephthes, in P. Sharratt and P.G. Walsh (eds), George Buchanan: Tragedies (Edin- burgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1983) Camus, J.-P., E. de Belley, L’Iphigène de Mr de Belley. Rigueur Sarmatique, 2 vols (Lyon: Antoine Chard, 1625) Campra, A., and H. Desmarets, Iphigénie en Tauride: tragédie representée par l’Académie Royale de Musique l’an 1704 (Paris: Christophe Ballard, 1706) Clarac, P., and L. Estang (eds), Racine: Œuvres complètes, pref. P. Clarac, prés. et notes L. Estang (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1962). Collard, C. (ed. and trans.), Euripides: Hecuba (Warminster: Aris and Phillips, 1991), Corneille, T., letters, in C. Lahure (ed.), Œuvres complètes de P. Corneille: suivies des œuvres choisies de Thomas Corneille, 5 vols (Paris: Hachette, 1857), vol. V. Coster, S., Iphigenia,...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.