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This new volume of three of Euripides' most celebrated plays offers graceful, economical, metrical translations that convey the wide range of effects of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its dialogue to the high formality of its choral odes.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published February 1st 1985)
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Medea: marvelous translation, very readable, digestible, and easy for students to read. She has a way of making it modern but yet sticks to the original intentions of the playwright.
Medea: The more books I read of Antiquity the more disturbed I become. Despite the surprisingly modern thoughts and ideas presented regarding the roles of men and women spoken by Medea herself....It was hard to look past the graphic descriptions of murder, the mentally insane mother who kills her own children to get back at her former husband, and the constant talk about sex. The only positive thing I got out of this was the importance placed upon keeping your word, and the Honor and "blessings" ...more
I think these 2500 year old plays are more fresh then most 3 day old movies that just came out in theater. The Greeks found his plays shocking and so did I. I particularly found Medea shocking. At times his plays were hard for me to follow because I lack knowledge of Greek mythology. But I am certain his audiences would have understood that part of his plays just fine. Euripides is opaque on purpose. He does not want anyone to know what he actually believes. And that is part of his power. He giv ...more
I only managed to read the first play in the collection (Alcestis) but I found it difficult to enjoy because the translation was so awkward and modern.
Had to read this for my ancient Greek class, and then went to a roman theater to see the play. It was ok, but it didn't keep me hooked or anything.
Patrick Braga
Not a fan of reading Athenian drama; might have been more fun/interesting to watch.
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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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