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Euripides Alcestis With Introduction and Commentary

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ISBN-10: 0199254672

ISBN-13: 9780199254675

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

Authors: Eur�pides, L. P. E. Parker

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Alcestis is one of Euripides' richest and most brilliant--as well as most controversial--plays. But, apart from D. J. Conacher's student text, no annotated edition in English has appeared for more than fifty years. The present work is designed to aid close reading and to serve as an introduction to the serious study of the play in its various aspects. The introduction covers the background to the story in myth and folktale, its treatment by other writers from antiquity to the present, the critical reception of Euripides' play, and its textual transmission and meters. The notes are designed in particular to help readers who have been learning Greek for a relatively short time. More advanced matter, such as discussion of textual problems, is placed in square brackets at the end of the note.
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List price: $66.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.342
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 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.

Abbreviations
Introduction
Alcestis in Myth and Legend
Alcestis in Greek Literature
Euripides and Alcestis
Alcestis and the Poets
Alcestis and the Critics
The Transmission of the Text
The Metres of Alcestis
Sources for the Text
Symbols used in the Apparatus
Metrical Symbols and Abbreviations
The Hypotheses
The Characters
Text
Commentary
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