Pompey

a tragedy, a translation of Pierre Corneille's French original “La mort de Pompée”, by Katherine Philips

first published 1663


About the Play

This is an English translation of the French tragedy La Mort de Pompée, by Corneille. The war between Caesar and Pompey was a popular subject for early English playwrights; for a complete list of plays published or attested to on the subject, see the entry for Caesar and Pompey (1607).


Known Editions

  • Pompey : a tragoedy, acted with great applause London : Printed for John Crooke 1663

  • Pompey: A tragoedy Dvblin, Printed by J. Crooke, for S. Dancer 1663

  • Pompey : a tragedy London : Printed for H. Herringman 1669

  • Poems by the most admired Mrs Katherine Philips, the matchless Orinda, to which is added : Monsieur Corneille's Pompey and Horace, tragedies, with several other translations out of French London : H. Herringman 1678

  • Poems by the most deservedly admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the matchless Orinda. To which is added Monsieur Corneille's tragedies of Pompey and Horace, with several other translations out of French London : Printed for Jacob Tonson 1710


References from Secondary Sources

  • James O. Halliwell, A Dictionary of Old English Plays (1860)

    POMPEY. A tragedy by Mrs. Catherine Philips. 4to. 1663. This play, a translation from the Pompée of Corneille, was undertaken at the request of the Earl of Orrery, and published in obedience to the commands of the Countess of Corke; to whom, in consequence, it was dedicated by its fair author.

  • William Carew Hazlitt, The Play-Collector's Manual (1892)

    Pompey: A tragedy by Mrs. Catherine Philips. 4to, 1663.

    This play, a translation from the Pompée of Corneille, was undertaken at the request of the Earl of Orrery, and published in obedience to the commands of the Countess of Cork, to whom, in consequence, it was dedicated by its fair author.