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Euripides: Heracles

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  329 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
In Herakles, Euripides reveals with great subtlety and complexity the often brutal underpinnings of our social arrangements. The play enacts a thoroughly contemporary dilemma about the relationship between personal and state violence and civic order." "Of all of Euripides' plays, this is his most skeptically subversive examination of myth, morality, and power. While Herakl ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Aris & Phillips (first published January 1st 1967)
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Jan 03, 2011 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I did not read this version of Heracles, I found mine in the Penguin Classics edition of Medea and other plays by Euripides, but did not find that version on Goodreads.)

CHORUS: “My right hand, how you long to grip a spear again!
But, being weak, you waste your wish. Had I been young
I would have made you swallow that word ‘slave’; and we
Would have set up good government in Thebes, where you
Now take your pleasure. Faction and folly had driven Thebes
Insane, or she would never have got you for Kin
Marcos Junior
Jan 15, 2015 Marcos Junior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Acredita-se que Hércules tenha sido produzida no ano 415 A.C., provavelmente para o grande festival em honra a Dionísio em Atenas. As outras três peças da tetralogia que o dramaturgo apresentou naquele ano se perderam e não se sabe do que trataram. Nos festival, cada concorrente apresentava 4 peças.

Quando começa a peça, Hércules está ausente, desceu ao reino de Hades para tentar capturar Cérbero, o cão de três cabeças. Muitos duvidam que voltará, pois nunca ninguém conseguiu. Lycus toma o trono
Cymru Roberts
May 25, 2015 Cymru Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
Euripides knows how to twist the knife and this is twisted even for him. He's a very complex playwright. Not the best poet but his manipulation of convention is remarkable. At first I thought this play had crossed the line between satire and evil, but then the eponymous character is redeemed by a tragic value worthy of Sophocles and we're left with more questions... Making fun of Heracles would be too easy; instead Euripides both addresses all of the easy satirical points but ends by inspiring p ...more
If anyone reading this review has played the immensely popular video-game 'god of war', s/he will have an idea of the game's basic concept, that basically a man (Kratos in the game) who has achieved military success as general of the spartan army is 'blinded' by frenzy and madness into killing his own wife and child.

Well, 'Herakles' by Euripides was most probably the inspiration for the game's plot. The ultimate tragedy if you will. We all know who Hercules is. Is there a man living who has not
Oct 20, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
Ah yes, another play about Heracles... if anyone has read my other reviews on Heracles, I have said time and time again that I just don't like the guy. Even in plays that are genuinely good, Heracles is still a huge douchebag (remember when he got wasted in Alcestis before he knew that the guy's wife had just died? Yeah.). I still maintain that opinion, but his douchebaggery is actually an important part of Herackles.

In this play, Herakles actually ends up going crazy, killing his wife, Megara,
Nov 28, 2012 Hoda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أول قراءة في الأدب اليوناني
ولن تكون الأخيرة ان شاء الله
ممتعة جدا
وصف ممتع
موضوع مختلف
تستحق القراءة
One of the Greek classics I loved back in my high school days :)
Nov 29, 2014 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recensioni, classici
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David Sarkies
Jul 10, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Helenophiles
Recommended to David by: Classical Studies
Shelves: tragedy
A story of redemption
4 March 2012

Like pretty much all of the Greek tragedies this play utilises the unities of time and place. The entire action takes place in a single day outside a palace in Thebes. Once again, all of the action takes place off stage and in narrated to the audience by one of the characters, and as in other plays the background and the events leading up to the play are narrated to us at the start. It appears, with Greek drama, that the bulk of the play deals with the climax an
Kiersten Lawson
Feb 10, 2013 Kiersten Lawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to goodread's interview with George Saunders about his new book of short stories ("Tenth of December"), I was spurred to read this classical play, which indeed feels frightfully modern in its bloody telling of misfortune, fortitude, madness and succor. I'm excited to read Saunders' reimagining of the tale ("Home") next.

"As for friends, some I see are insincere; while others, who are staunch, have no power to help us further. This is what misfortune means to man."

"Yea, for men's
Chris Wolfington
May 24, 2015 Chris Wolfington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good tragedy focusing on Herakles. Euripides has a way of expressing the core feelings of his characters,and in this tragedy dwells on the death of family and true friendship. A lot more can be said of this play, but this is what I chiefly got out of it.
Daniel Benevides
Li na tradução inventiva de Trajano Vieira, com edição da 34.
Aug 02, 2015 Laertes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
'If any man thinks wealth or power of greater worth
To him who has them, than a good friend - he is mad' - Heracles
Sep 01, 2014 Kerrif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0400-bc
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Nov 26, 2007 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, translation
the greeks, and more specifically euripides (as well as sophocles), set the benchmark for dramatic writing unsurpassably high. poignancy as bountiful as it comes.
Sean Chick
Jan 03, 2015 Sean Chick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid Euripides play with the usual themes I like in his work. Some parts though are a bit weak; this is not as tight as his best stuff.
RK Byers
Sep 02, 2011 RK Byers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i LOVE the idea of Madness descending like an inverse virtue but I doubt this defense would hold up in court.
Garrett Cash
Apparently I read this and then I never rated it. These all have a tendency to run together.
Apr 03, 2010 Janey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: Actually read Anne Carson's translation from Grief Lessons (2006).
Mar 10, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, plays
Better than Medea, but not as good as Hippolytus or Bacchae.

The Kid
Apr 25, 2012 The Kid rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient-greek
Herakles goes nuts and kills everyone except his dad. Good times.
it underscores the entire notion of Greek tragedy.
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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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