Complete Euripides Bacchae and Other Plays

ISBN-10: 0195373405

ISBN-13: 9780195373400

Edition: 2009

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Collected here for the first time in the series are three major plays by Euripides: Bakkhai (translated by Reginald Gibbons and Charles Segal), a powerful examination of the horror and beauty of Dionysiac ecstasy; Herakles (Tom Sleigh and Christian Wolff), a violent dramatization of the madness and exile of one of the most celebrated mythical figures; and The Phoenician Women (Peter Burian and Brian Swamm), a disturbing interpretation of the fate of the House of Laios following the tragic fall of Oedipus. These three tragedies were originally available as single volumes. This volume retains the informative introductions and explanatory notes of the original editions and adds a single combined glossary and Greek line numbers.
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Peter Burian is Professor of Classical and Comparative Literatures, and Theater Studies, at Duke University. Alan Shapiro is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Euripides, one of the three great Greek tragedians was born in Attica probably in 485 B.C. of well-to-do parents. In his youth he cultivated gymnastic pursuits and studied philosophy and rhetoric. Soon after he received recognition for a play that he had written, Euripides left Athens for the court of Archelaus, king of Macedonia. In his tragedies, Euripides represented individuals not as they ought to be but as they are. His excellence lies in the tenderness and pathos with which he invested many of his characters. Euripides' attitude toward the gods was iconoclastic and rationalistic; toward humans-notably his passionate female characters-his attitude was deeply sympathetic. In his dramas, Euripides separated the chorus from the action, which was the first step toward the complete elimination of the chorus. He used the prologue as an introduction and explanation. Although Euripides has been charged with intemperate use of the deus ex machina, by which artifice a god is dragged in abruptly at the end to resolve a situation beyond human powers, he created some of the most unforgettable psychological portraits. Fragments of about fifty-five plays survive; some were discovered as recently as 1906. Among his best-known plays are Alcestis (438 B.C.), Medea and Philoctetes (431 B.C.), Electra (417 B.C.), Iphigenia in Tauris (.413 B.C.), The Trojan Women (415 B.C.), and Iphigenia in Aulis Iphigenia (c.405 B.C.). Euripides died in Athens in 406. Shortly after his death his reputation rose and has never diminished.

Bacchae Reginald Gibbons and Charles
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