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The Phoenician Women (Phoenissae)

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Here, Peter Burian and Brian Swann recreate Euripides' The Phoenician Women, a play about the fateful history of the House of Laios following the tragic fall of Oedipus, King of Thebes. Their lively translation of this controversial play reveals the cohesion and taut organization of a complex dramatic work. Through the use of dramatic, fast-paced poetry--almost cinematic i ...more
Unknown Binding, 43 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Players Press (first published -410)
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Euripides (ca. 480-406 BCE) - Roman copy of a 4th century BCE Greek original

Sufficiency's enough for men of sense.
Men do not really own their private goods;
we simply care for the things which are the gods',
and when they will, they take them back again.

Euripides, his eleven year older competitor, Sophocles, and their deeply admired elder, Aeschylus, all lived through some of Athens' most exciting and trying times. Aeschylus was alive to witness and participate in the great victories over the Per
Angelo Giardini
Em Édipo Rei, uma profecia se auto-realiza ao desencadear eventos que vão fazer com que ela se cumpra. Em As Fenícias, de Eurípedes, também há uma profecia auto-realizável, mas aqui é dada a Creonte uma escolha: ou ele salvará a cidade de Tebas ou seu filho. Quando ele opta por salvar o filho, desencadeia os eventos que fazem com que a cidade seja salva e o filho morra. Os deuses gregos são sádicos.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Another take on in the Oedipus cycle. Curses & tragedy all around. Greed & power are difficult to give up. In this story, you'd rather kill your brother than share an inheritance.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-books
It is a pity that The Phoenician Women does not share the renown of some other tragedies in the modern age, since personally I found it to be equally interesting as a text, if not more so. My interest in the text came not necessarily from the story itself though, but more the literary controversy that goes with it, since so much of the remaining play is of dubious authenticity. This is something that I found fascinating, since I enjoyed being able to engage in some of the academic debate surroun ...more
Bob Miller
I enjoy most anything to do with ancient Greece. In this story, the idea that ten surviving sown men (soldiers grown from a serpent's teeth that Kadmos, after slaying the beast, scattered on the ground) are the forbears of the Theban people is interesting, although a minor point. The gods, fate included, and prophet Teiresais play their parts in the final destruction of Oedipus and his family.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was suprised by amount of plot in this play, this piece is packed with action.
Well not really, all action scenes are only described by some messenger like is usual for ancient plays. But indeed these "things to describe" are great in number and lots of is going on here unlike in other great tragedies. Many suplots, suicides and events.
Nevertheless there are still long and sophisticated argumentations between characters and great revealing monoloques.
I especialy liked idea to portrait this The
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Real sad story. Still, I feel that I would like o see this one on stage one day.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ETEOCLES: ...This commandment,
Creon, I lay upon the city and thee; should my
cause prevail, never give Polynices' corpse a grace
in Theban soil, and if so be some friend should bury
him, let death reward the man.

The Phoenician Women is another "copy" play, this time mimicking The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus. Although there are many, many similarities between the two, I feel like Euripides' take on the story actualy satisfied me a little more than the previous version for a few reasons.

The s
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I missed too much by reading this play on my own instead of in the context of a class, but I thought it was terrible. For starters, I don't know who the Phoenician Women are - this play is mostly about Oedipus' doomed sons struggling for survival. Which isn't a bad basis for a play - there's a fair amount to work with as the two brothers argue about curses and honor and fate (Polyneices has been exiled and now has his former home under siege in order to regain some of the power he thinks i ...more
Julian Meynell
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, ancient, greek, plays
The Phoenican Women is yet another play in the Oedipus cycle. I have not read 7 Against Thebes which it is inspired by and reacting too. Its certainly a very good play. Because it is part of the Oedipus cycle it is very bleak. This play is focused on the sons of Oedipus and how they are brought down by the family curse. It is also very complex. Euripides works within and at times almost against the conventions of Greek Drama. It also typically has a chorus that not only comments on the action, b ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the story is exactly like Gilgamis or Bilgamis tale of the Sumerians. However, it does not end in a nice and deep like way the Gilgamis tale. There is no murder, greed or hatred in the Bilgamis tale just a nice friendship and seeking for the meaning of life and eternity.By the way, if Freud knew this, he might have called it Gilgamis complex instead of Oedipus complex..
Es una versión de Eurípides de Siete contra Tebas, difícil de adivinar no?

Me pareció una versión muy bonita, igualmente se describen las características de los guerreros legendarios del Ciclo Tebano y en este caso las fenicias, que son las esclavas narran los hechos.

Personalmente me gustó.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
سمعتها ع أثير البرنامج الثقافى
كانت من أخراج الشريف خاطر
صوت زوزو نبيل
انتيجونا واديبوس ولوكستا
وأجمل الموسيقى والصوت روووووووعه
Toon Pepermans
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oedipus-cycle
I think this is a must-read for Oedipus fans
"τὰς γὰρ ἐκ θεῶν ἀνάγκας θνητὸν ὄντα δεῖ φέρειν."
Peter Anargirou
Read a version translated by E. P. Coleridge.
Garrett Cash
One more to go....
Ashley Adams
Sort of another chapter in the Oedipus myth. Battling brothers, blindness, old and young working together, and a duty to the city that overshadows familial responsibility. I loved it.
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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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