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Euripides by Euripides
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This book contributed to my supreme dickery first and foremost because it's probably what made me say, "You know what...I think I'll give this playwriting racket a try." It also helped that Euripides was kind of a dick himself. There's something very modern, particularly in this translation, about Euripides. At the time it was a rule that tragedy was to show men as they should be, the best of men and comedy should show the worst. Euripides made Theseus a dumbass in Hippolytus, and Jason is similarly stupid and on top of that sniveling and petulant in Medea. It was often the women that steal the show in his plays. They're so emotionally complex that it's hard to tell if Euripedes was a misogynist or a proto-feminist.

For igniting my interest in playwriting and my obsession with crazy, rage-filled bitches that also could very probably kick your ass, Euripides takes a place of honor in forming my dickery.
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