Ion

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Drama - 88 pages
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CHORUS The furious Mimas Here blazes in the volley'd fires: and there Another earth-born monster falls beneath The wand of Bacchus wreathed with ivy round, No martial spear. But, as 'tis thine to tend This temple, let me ask thee, is it lawful, Leaving our sandals, its interior parts To visit?

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Review: Ion

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I'm just not sure how to categorize Ion correctly, because while it's known that Euripides mostly wrote heavy tragedies, this play deviates from the usual "Euripidian" formula, if that makes any sense ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wael Mahmoud - Goodreads

I read it transalted by Philip Vellacott. This is the first play i read by Euripides, and because of it i became optimistic about his other works. It got all the elements of an ancient Greek drama ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Euripides, one of the three great Greek tragedians was born in Attica probably in 485 B.C. of well-to-do parents. In his youth he cultivated gymnastic pursuits and studied philosophy and rhetoric. Soon after he received recognition for a play that he had written, Euripides left Athens for the court of Archelaus, king of Macedonia. In his tragedies, Euripides represented individuals not as they ought to be but as they are. His excellence lies in the tenderness and pathos with which he invested many of his characters. Euripides' attitude toward the gods was iconoclastic and rationalistic; toward humans-notably his passionate female characters-his attitude was deeply sympathetic. In his dramas, Euripides separated the chorus from the action, which was the first step toward the complete elimination of the chorus. He used the prologue as an introduction and explanation. Although Euripides has been charged with intemperate use of the deus ex machina, by which artifice a god is dragged in abruptly at the end to resolve a situation beyond human powers, he created some of the most unforgettable psychological portraits. Fragments of about fifty-five plays survive; some were discovered as recently as 1906. Among his best-known plays are Alcestis (438 B.C.), Medea and Philoctetes (431 B.C.), Electra (417 B.C.), Iphigenia in Tauris (.413 B.C.), The Trojan Women (415 B.C.), and Iphigenia in Aulis Iphigenia (c.405 B.C.). Euripides died in Athens in 406. Shortly after his death his reputation rose and has never diminished.

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