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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,
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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.
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ANDROMACHE
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.”

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General Introduction & Notes
Note on the Text & Further Reading
Chronological Table
Translator's Note


Preface to Andromache
--Andromache

Preface to Hecabe
--Hecabe

Preface to Suppliant Women
--Suppliant Women

Preface to Electra
--Electra

Preface to Trojan Women
--Trojan Women

Notes
Bibliography
Glossary of Mythological and Geographical Names
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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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