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Alkestis. Zweisprachige Ausgabe by Euripides
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Oct 22, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: ancient, greek, plays, 1599-and-before, mythology
Read in October, 2008

A treasure of Ancient Greek. Alcestis was written in 438 B.C. and is probably the earliest of nineteen surviving plays of Euripides (he wrote about 90). Euripides was one of the great tragedians of classical Athens (beside Aeschylus and Sophocles).

Alcestis is telling us the story of the king Admetus. Through the trickery of his friend, the god Apollo, Admetus escapes Thanatos, Death. Apollo laments the situation he has gotten his friend into. He had persuaded Death to take a substitute for Admetus.

It seemed a fine idea to both Admetus and Apollo, however Death made one stipulation, the substitute had to be a voluntary one.

Admetus, still undisturbed, believed his elderly parents would lovingly and willingly take his place and die. Instead, his parents made it clear, especially Pheres, his father, that life was sweeter and more precious as one got older and his parents had no intention of dying for him.

None, except his young beautiful wife Alcestis agrees to be taken. Alcestis voluntarily places herself in her husband’s stead...

A true satyr play, which is still up to date.

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