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Heracles and Other Plays

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ISBN-10: 0140447253

ISBN-13: 9780140447255

Edition: 2002

Authors: Eur�pides, John Davie, Richard Rutherford, Richard Rutherford

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The dramas Euripides wrote towards the end of his life are remarkable for their stylistic innovation and their adventurous plots. Of these plays, Heracles stands apart in its stark portrayal of undeserved human suffering and the malignant power of the gods. In contrast, the Cyclops (Euripides' sole surviving satyr play) celebrates drink, sex and self-indulgent hedonism. In Iphigenia among the Tuarians, Ion and Helen, Euripides exploits the comic potential to be found in traditional myth, weaving plots full of startling shifts of tone, deception and illusion. Alongside the comedy, however, Euripides always reminds us how quickly fortunes are reversed and invites us to view the world with…    
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.80" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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…    

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A Chronology of Euripides' Work and Times
Map of the Greek World
Children of Heracles
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