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Euripides V: Electra / The Phoenician Women / The Bacchae

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In nine paperback volumes, the Grene and Lattimore editions offer the most comprehensive selection of the Greek tragedies available in English. Over the years these authoritative, critically acclaimed editions have been the preferred choice of over three million readers for personal libraries and individual study as well as for classroom use.
Paperback, 227 pages
Published January 15th 1969 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1922)
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Jana
All 3 great tragedians are amazing, but I especially like Europedes.

The Bacchae: Brutal, oh my! Moral is: Do not cross Dionysis.


More Euripides not in this volume (WARNING: SPOILERS TO STORIES THAT ARE 2500 YEAR OLD BELOW...)








Hippolytus: He's an odd boy. Mums is an Amazon; pops is Theseus. Step-mums Phaedra.
Tragedy ensues.

Heracles: Heracles goes NUTS & kills the kids.

Hecuba: Sweet revenge! This is a good one! End of the Trojan War.

The Trojan Women: Same story as Hecuba, but not as good for me
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Mitchell
Reading the Bacchae. Recently read an article in the New York Review of Books positing that, unlike most comedies that have their genesis as a response to a tragedy, this tragedy actually has its genesis in response to a comedy, The Thesmophoriasuzae by Aristophanes. Interesting.....
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What I wouldn't give to see a production of this play, a GOOD production of this play. It could be the most harrowing theatrical experience.
S.
Mar 27, 2013 S. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: u-of-c
The Bacchae is my newest favorite play of all time. Dionysus isn't only the god of wine, but of surrendering control. Penthelus is the know-it-all, 20-something king whose rigidity and Puritanical arrogance are his downfall. Penthalus doesn't recognise that the ability to let go is an amazing gift, personified by Dionysus. Since Penthelus's innocent desires are repressed, they resurface as something much darker: something predatory and voyeuristic. He can't appreciate that the dark side of Diony ...more
Briana
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Ensiform
"Electra": Very good, though not as good as Sophocles' work. I thought Electra was a self-pitying, hypocritical whiner, and apparently that's just what Euripides wanted me to think. Orestes wasn't so bright either. The intro really clued me in to Electra's sexual frustrations, envy of Clytemnestra and jealousy/hatred of her mother's lover Aegisthus. Electra & Orestes' shock at everything still being bad, even after killing their mother, was well done --- it brought the point home dramaticall ...more
Nemo
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Taka
Good--

Well here it is, the last of the five-volume collection containing Electra, The Phoenician Women, and The Bacchae, and I am done with Euripides. After reading Aeschylus's Oresteia and Seven Against Thebes, Sophocles' Oedipus trilogy, and Euripides' Orestes, however, I was sort of fed up with the first two plays in this book since Electra is another take on Orestes and Electra's matricide, and The Phoenician Women reiterates much of Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes and takes place between S
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Stephen Bird
After reading the introduction to this series, I expected something much more fractured than what I encountered on the page; however, I found Euripides' style in this work to be very coherent. After reading Aeschylus, I noticed the aesthetic jump that Euripides had taken via the psychological subtext inherent in his characters. Whereas reading Aeschylus felt flat (although I enjoyed "Agamemnon"); there was too much exposition in Aeschylus; too much that did not expedite the forward motion of his ...more
Meghan
THE PHONECIAN WOMEN
This play fills in the back story behind the ‘Seven Against Thebes’ war between the two sons of Oedipus. We learn that one son, Eteocles, is in the wrong because he will not relinquish the throne to his brother (they agreed to take turns ruling every other year). The other son, Polyneices, is also in the wrong because he brought a foreign army to forcibly take Thebes. These two wrongs constitute the downfall and ruin of the family of Oedipus. Which crime is worse: to love powe
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anna
This version of Elektra is really interesting in that Euripedes comments on a number of things that relate to modern day Greek society as he knows it. Elektrais forcibly is married to a farmer with whom she won't sleep because he's too low born for her, even though both she and Orestes agree that the farmer is almost an aristocrat in sentiment even without money. Historically, Euripedes can be commenting on the first democracy in Athens, when kleisthenes abandoned the aristocratic system in favo ...more
Maria
Just revisited "The Bacchae" with friends and was delighted. The most striking element to me was the complexity of the characterizations. I kept finding myself rooting for the character I thought was supposed to be the protagonist and then they would do something unpleasant and my alliances would shift and then the cycle would repeat itself. Also there is some fantastic language about snakes licking droplets of blood off the women's faces and other far out things. The Greeks clearly inhabited a ...more
Steven Peterson
The three plays presented in "Euripides V" are all important works: Electra, The Phoenician Women, and The Bacchae.

The editors are David Grene (who translated and provided the Introduction to "The History" by Herodotus) and Richmond Lattimore. Both are well reputed scholars of the classics. Before each play, they provide useful context and critical evaluations of the work. Emily Townsend Vermeule provides a competent translation.

The works stand or fall on the basis of the original quality of t
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Chloe
Bloody murders, incest, hubris! Who doesn't love a good dose of Greek drama?
Ethan Gibson
Required Reading for Lit Hum
Eric
I liked the treatment of the Electra myth that Euripides gives, it's an interesting look into self-involved characters. Orestes and Electra are more spoiled brats, rather than slighted children out to avenge their father. Otherwise, the translation of the Bacchae is a strong one, but not my favorite (I prefer Woodruff's). Two of Euripides' better plays both in one volume.
Destiny Dawn Long
"The Bacchae" is one of my all-time favorite plays. I've read several adaptations of it, as well, and it just always seems to hold up to time.

I found the other plays in this volume quite enjoyable, also. "The Phoenician Women" offers a take on the Antigone story that I hadn't encountered before.

Euripides is probably my favorite of the Greek playwrights.
Phillip
I really liked Euripides. It was interesting to read his Electra especially, which is a pretty different version than Sophocles' Electra. Euripides is much darker and more brutal in some ways than Sophocles--both rely on humankind's fatedness as the source of tragedy, but Euripides' plays show much more existential angst.
Faith Bradham
(This is a review of the Bacchae only)
Oh, Bacchae, how I love your gory disgusting ending. :) It is extraordinarily unfair for everyone except possibly Pentheus, but what a gloriously unfair ending it is!
Everyone should read Ancient Greek plays. Don't be hatin'! Just make sure you don't get a lame-ass translation. :)
Ariadna73
All these books are the seed for the literature and all the entertaining business we see nowadays. There is nothing new under the sun. Euripides is different from Sophocles and Aeschylus. He has a lot of gods to appear as characters in his plays. To Euripides, gods are vengeful, petty and cruel.
Jennifer
I had previously read and loved Electra and The Bacchae and finally decided to get to The Phoenician Women. It wasn't as good, but it did make me want to revive the ancient tradition of women gathering in a mob to voice their opinions. March on Washington, anyone?
Mark Woodland
What can I say? All of the well-known Greek playwrights are important reading, both for their historical significance as well as the fact that they're excellent plays. They haven't remained famous for 2,400 years because they're not worthy of it.
Leah
This translation seemed to lack the right sort of energy, or at least, the right sort of energy based on what I infer the right sort of energy to be from this translation.
Laura
Electra is one of my favorite Greek tragedies. I suppose that's only because she's one of the few young women who gets to star in her own show. Eh.
Natalie
A great collection of three plays by Euripides. The Bacchae definitely holds a special place with its examination of sex, violence, and cult.
Eliot
William Arrowsmith's rendering of The Bacchae is like a punch to the gut. No other version I know has its visceral impact.
John
The Bacchae is excellent. The god gets his own back righteously. Elektra - saw this at Stratford this summer. An annoying lead.
sologdin
probably everyone should read the bacchae wherein orgiastic women tear people limb from limb.
Mary Johnson
Only read The Bacchae for Seminar, but looking forward to readding the rest over the summer
Katherine
Read it in highschool and have loved it ever since. Electra is one of my favorite stories.
SW
Electra was cool, The Bacchae was a little ridiculous and maybe a bit too ambiguous.
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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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