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The Complete Euripides

Author : Peter Burian
ISBN : 0199745412
Genre : Drama
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Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. The tragedies collected here were originally available as single volumes. This new collection retains the informative introductions and explanatory notes of the original editions, with Greek line numbers and a single combined glossary added for easy reference. This volume collects Euripides' Andromache, a play that challenges the concept of tragic character and transforms expectations of tragic structure; Hecuba, a powerful story of the unjustifiable sacrifice of Hecuba's daughter and the consequent destruction of Hecuba's character; Trojan Women, a particularly intense account of human suffering and uncertainty; and Rhesos, the story of a futile quest for knowledge.
Category: Drama

The Trojan Women And Other Plays

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 9780191606182
Genre : Drama
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Hecuba The Trojan Women Andromache In the three great war plays contained in this volume Euripides subjects the sufferings of Troy's survivors to a harrowing examination. The horrific brutality which both women and children undergo evokes a response of unparalleled intensity in the playwright whom Aristotle called the most tragic of the poets. Yet the new battleground of the aftermath of war is one in which the women of Troy evince an overwhelming greatness of spirit. We weep for the aged Hecuba in her name play and in The Trojan Women, yet we respond with an at times appalled admiration to her resilience amid unrelieved suffering. Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband's killer, endures her existence in the victor's country with a Stoic nobility. Of their time yet timeless, these plays insist on the victory of the female spirit amid the horrors visited on them by the gods and men during war.
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Gilbert Murray S Euripides

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 1904675352
Genre : History
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In the story of the reception of Greek tragedy throughout the English-speaking world, Murray is a figure of immense importance. He unlocked the gates of commercial theatre to its performance - and its performance in verse - on both sides of the Atlantic, bringing to the project his enormous personal prestige, especially after his election to the Regius Chair of Greek at Oxford in 1908. His Oxford Classical Text of all the complete plays of Euripides lent scholarly weight to his theatrical enterprise; passionate though he was about communicating Greek culture to the widest possible public (by the 1920s over a quarter of a million copies of the translations had been sold), he could never be written off as a mere popularizer. Most significant of all, he laid down in the early years of the twentieth century the terms on which scholar and public alike have viewed Greek drama throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. It was Murray who insisted, from the pulpit of the popular stage, on the political nature of Greek tragedy (first connecting Troades with the fate of Melos); on its historical resonances (Troades chiming in with his own distaste for British conduct of the Boer War); on its social urgency (his support for women's suffrage informing his Medea); on the religious and anthropological assumptions that permeate it (his introduction to Bacchae acknowledging his debt to Jane Harrison); and on the remarkable psychological truth in its delineation of character (emphasized in his notes on Electra). And on all this he insisted as a man with a keen instinct for the theatre, who was deferred to alike by actors (Sibyl Thorndike), by directors (Granville Barker) and by fellow playwrights (George Bernard Shaw). His was the voice which had something wonderful to communicate and which could not be ignored.
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Hecuba

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 0198150938
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is the final in a series of three volumes of a new prose translation of Euripides' most popular plays. In the three great war plays contained in this volume Euripides subjects the sufferings of Troy's survivors to a harrowing examination. The horrific brutality which both women and children undergo evokes a response of unparalleled intensity in the playwright whom Aristotle called the most tragic of the poets. Yet the new battle-ground of the aftermath of war is one in which the women of Troy evince an overwhelming greatness of spirit. We weep for the aged Hecuba in her name play and in the Trojan Women, yet we respond with an at times appalled admiration to her resilience amid unrelieved suffering. And in her name play Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband's killer, endures her existence in the victor's country with a Stoic nobility. Of their time yet timeless, these plays insist on the victory of the female spirit amid the horrors visited on them by the gods and men during war.
Category: Literary Criticism

Trojan Women Helen Hecuba

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 0299305244
Genre : Mythology, Greek
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In these three ancient tragedies, Euripides dramatizes the fate of women, both Greek and Trojan, in the wake of the Trojan War. The women are spoils of war, instigators of revenge, and pawns used by the gods for reward and punishment, and Euripides delivers powerful portrayals of their suffering. The publication of Trojan Women, Helen, and Hecuba in one volume invites provocative engagement with issues of gender, history, warfare, and politics. Francis Blessington combines his work as a poet, translator, and teacher of literature and Greek with his theatrical experiences to create fresh, modern translations suitable for the stage, the classroom, or the general reader. While bearing in mind how an actor speaks in a performance and what an audience can immediately comprehend, he remains faithful to the original Greek by imitating the iambic lines of dialogue with a flexible four-stress line. In the choral odes, he employs a variety of meters, respecting the correspondence of the strophe and antistrophe of the choral stanzas. The three plays are augmented by introductions, notes, and an essay on elements of Greek tragedy. Blessington glosses historical and mythological terms, identifies Greek themes in the texts, offers literary interpretations, and suggests topics for discussion.
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Orestes And Other Plays

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 0192832603
Genre : Literary Criticism
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IonOrestesThe Phoenician WomenThe Suppliant WomenIn these four plays Euripides explores ethical and political themes,contrasting the claims of patriotism with family loyalty, pragmatism and expediency with justice, and the idea that 'might is right' with the ideal of clemency.Ion is a vivid portrait of the role of chance in human life and an exploration of family relationships, which combines a sympathetic portrait of a rape victim with remarks on Athenian xenophobia. In Orestes, the most popular of the tragedian's plays in the ancient world, Euripides explores theemotional consequences of Orestes' murder of his mother on the individuals concerned, and makes the tale resonate with advice to Athens about the threat to democracy posed by political pressure groups. The Suppliant Women is a commentary on the politics of empire, as the Athenian king Theseusdecides to use force of arms rather than persuasion against Thebes. The Phoenician Women transforms the terrible conflict between Oedipus' sons into one of the most savage indictments of civil war in Western literature by highlighting the personal tragedy it brings.
Category: Literary Criticism

Phaedra And Other Plays

Author : Seneca
ISBN : 9780141970943
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Living in Rome under Caligula and later a tutor to Nero, Seneca witnessed the extremes of human behaviour. His shocking and bloodthirsty plays not only reflect a brutal period of history but also show how guilt, sorrow, anger and desire lead individuals to violence. The hero of Hercules Insane saves his own family from slaughter, only to commit further atrocities when he goes mad. The horrifying death of Astyanax is recounted in Trojan Women, and Phaedra deals with forbidden love. In Oedipus a nervous man discovers himself, while Thyestes recounts the bitter family struggle for a crown. Of uncertain authorship, Octavia dramatizes Nero's divorce from his wife and her deportation. The only Latin tragedies to have survived complete, these plays are masterpieces of vibrant, muscular language and psychological insight.
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Heracles And Other Plays

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 019283259X
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Alcestis * Heracles * Children of Heracles * CyclopsEuripides wrote about timeless themes, of friendship and enmity, hope and despair, duty and betrayal. The first three plays in this volume are filled with violence or its threat, while the fourth, Cyclops, is our only surviving example of a genuine satyr play, with all the crude and slapstickhumour that characterized the genre.There is death in Alcestis, which explores the marital relationship of Alcestis and Admetus with pathos and grim humour, but whose status as tragedy is subverted by a happy ending. The blood-soaked Heracles portrays deep emotional pain and undeserved suffering; its demand for a more humanisticethics in the face of divine indifference and callousness makes it one of Euripides' more popular and profound plays. Children of Heracles is a rich and complex work, famous for its dialogues and monologues, in which the effects of war on refugees and the consequences of sheltering them aremovingly explored. In Cyclops Euripides takes the familiar story of Odysseus' escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus and turns it to hilarious comic effect.Euripides' other plays are all available in Oxford World's Classics.
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Electra And Other Plays

Author : Euripides
ISBN : 0140446680
Genre : Drama
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Provides translations of five Greek dramas by Euripides.
Category: Drama