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ISBN-10: 0195061667

ISBN-13: 9780195061666

Edition: 1989

Authors: William Arrowsmith, Euripides

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At once a vigorous translation of one of Euripides' most subtle andwitty plays, and a wholly fresh interpretation, this version reveals for thefirst time the extraordinary formal beauty and thematic concentration of theAlcestis.William Arrowsmith, eminent classical scholar, translator, and General Editorof this highly praised series, rejects the standard view of the Alcestis as apsychological study of the egotist Admetos and his naive but devoted wife. Histranslation, instead, presents the play as a drama of human existence--inkeeping with the tradition of Greek tragedy--with recognizably human characterswho also represent masked embodiments of human conditions. The Alcestis thusbecomes a…    
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 142
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
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…