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Electra and Other Plays

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alternate cover for ISBN: 0140446680
Euripides, wrote Aristotle, ‘is the most intensely tragic of all the poets’. In his questioning attitude to traditional pieties, disconcerting shifts of sympathy, disturbingly eloquent evil characters & acute insight into destructive passion, he's also the most strikingly modern of ancient authors. Written in the period of 426-415,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published -413)
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Jason Mashak
Sep 04, 2011 Jason Mashak rated it it was amazing
Why anyone would waste time with modern TV drama when he/she could be reading Euripides is beyond my comprehension. A MASTER, a superb feminist, and a man far ahead of his time in terms of comprehending the insanity of war and/or the blind faith that tends to spawn it.
Dec 09, 2010 Meghan rated it really liked it
As I have read Euripides plays there are certain ideas that come through again and again. One is that mortal man is a slave to suffering. If one man seems to be held up as a favorite of the Gods, you must consider his life is not over. This theme is stated by Andromache in the following lines as she laments her status of slave:

ANDROMACHE: “Never should a mortal be called happy until he has died and you have seen how he has passed through his final day before making the journey below.”

Nov 27, 2015 Edward marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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General Introduction & Notes
Note on the Text & Further Reading
Chronological Table
Translator's Note

Preface to Andromache

Preface to Hecabe

Preface to Suppliant Women
--Suppliant Women

Preface to Electra

Preface to Trojan Women
--Trojan Women

Glossary of Mythological and Geographical Names
Apr 02, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
I liked the Sophocles version best, but this one was good as well. It's interesting to see how the same story is retold in different ways along time -until the latest Eugene O'Neill version. They all have so many little differences and so much in common at the same time. There could even be a current version of Electra!
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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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