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The Children of Herakles

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One of the shortest plays in Greek drama, The Children of Herakles offers enough action for two or three plays of normal length. But this very richness and complexity have made the play elusive, subject to dismissive readings, and extraordinarily difficult to translate; in consequence, it has suffered from neglect over the ages. This vibrant new translation makes clear ...more
Paperback, Greek Tragedy in New Translations, 85 pages
Published December 30th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -430)
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David Sarkies
May 04, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Classical scholars and historians
Recommended to David by: My classical studies
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28 September 2013

I've decided to read this again despite having already written a commentary on it, but that was partly because the commentary was on the whole book of Euripidean plays as opposed to this particular play (though the only play that I read when I commented on the book was this one). Anyway, a large portion of the end of this play is missing so we don't actually know how it ends (which is probably why it does not appear in many of the other books of Euripidean p
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Peggy
Apr 13, 2009 Peggy rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, tragedy
The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking of my vague remembrance of Eddie Izzard talking about how that "slapdash look" that the eye "make-up" soldiers wear has. Like that, this all felt a bit slapdash, like Euripides had forgotten he had to write this one and pulled an all-nighter before it was due.
Deni
Aug 24, 2016 Deni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Parafraseando a Aira: ¡cómo me torró!
Grady McCallie
Jul 09, 2015 Grady McCallie rated it really liked it
The silent children of Herakles, under the care of a family retainer and harried from city to city by their hostile uncle, are cornered at a temple near Marathon and throw themselves on the mercy of Athens. The action develops rapidly - success, then reverse; threat, then reverse. Over and over again, the tables are turned, offering the audience a chance to judge what makes characters admirable: right action and equanimity, in good times and bad. The characters are cleanly drawn and offer strong ...more
Sarah
Oct 31, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
...meh. I feel like this play was not really thought out enough by Euripides, as if he had a deadline to meet and simply churned out this half-assed play in order to meet the deadline. There isn't really a difference in plot that makes it any better than the other mediocre works of Greek drama; maybe this would be the equivalent of a movie that people go to see just because they're bored enough, but don't actually care if it's good or not.

The plot has to do with Heracles' children being kept as
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Caleb Smith
It's interesting that even the great hero's, most renown of good men, still had slaves, rapped women and men, pilliaged, and reacted to the slightest of verbal insults with war. I've learned this from all of the books in my list to this point. That whole all men are created equal bit is truly a modern idea.

And this got me thinking about modern cinema and theater. They were influenced by politics, just like we are. Euripides changed the story to match current events. And this was what we would c
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Avneesh Kumar
Dec 27, 2014 Avneesh Kumar rated it it was amazing
I found this to be very entertaining. As being a law students, the play discusses the issues of sovereignty and free state. It shows that how a king is in dilemma about saving suppliants (say refugges), even when some portion of his population may be against saving them. Still the king decides to save them, the rest is just story, but this moral stamina which the king showed was worth reading.

So five stars, one of the best of euripides.
Carolina
Nov 16, 2014 Carolina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
É relativamente aborrecida. Já vi esta história outras vezes.
Um grupo de pessoas está em apuros > Foge de uma cidade que não presta > chega a Atenas > Atenas é bué fixe, logo resolve os problemas > As pessoas ficam eternamente gratas à boa gente de Atenas.
Não foi insuportável e até houve um episódio aqui que me surpreendeu (e que não vou dizer qual é porque não quero dar spoils), mas foi muito morto no geral.
Se calhar já chega de tragédias gregas para mim. Vou voltar ao Oscar Wilde.
Garrett Cash
Sep 22, 2013 Garrett Cash rated it it was ok
Really doesn't do anything different from the typical tropes of the Greek theater. Maidens sacrificing themselves, fugitives seeking asylum in Athens, questions of justice.... same old same old.
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(Greek: Ευριπίδης )
Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that wh
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